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Thursday, July 28, 2005

www.delawareonline.com | The News Journal | Del. set to join fight for Air Guard
Citing two federal statutes, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said no realignment of equipment or personnel can take place without her consent as commander in chief of the Delaware Guard.
Think about this: Ruth Ann Minner is commander in chief of military forces. You think if either Burris in 2000 or Lee in 2004 had emphasized this, she might have lost? I'm sure it would have influenced a few votes.

This fact does not bode well for the coming war with New Jersey. Hopefully, we can take advantage of our beachhead on their coast as an invasion point. But perhaps I've said too much...

It never fails
I'm trying to clean my house last night, and I flip the TV on while I'm cleaning that room. I flip to AMC and The Great Escape is on. I don't clean for a while.

I can't see even a few seconds of that movie without watching at least half an hour.

He's back! (Finally.) Now if only Hube and what's-his-name (so bad with names) at Political Tracker would return...

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

ESPN.com - SPORTSNATION/FIFTYFIFTY - 50/50 : Vote: Delaware
ESPN's Sportscenter will broadcast a visit to Delaware on August 19th as part of their 50 States in 50 Days promotion. You can vote in their Best of Delaware survey at the link above.

The correct answers:
1) Most memorable sports moment? Delaware beats Colgate 40-0 to win Division I-AA football championship (2003)
2) Favorite sport? Baseball (Realistically, I accept Delaware's a football state, but screw it!)
3. Favorite pro team? Phillies (Realistically, Eagles, see above)
4) Best homegrown product? Judy Johnson (baseball) (He's a friggin' Hall of Famer. I know Randy White is also, but baseball > football)
5) Best rivalry? Delaware-Delaware State (all sports) (All the others are out of state rivalries and therefore the wrong answer)
6) Most hated pro team? Dallas Cowboys (Only because the Yankees aren't listed)
7) Which former Wilmington Blue Rock is the best major leaguer? Johnny Damon (Is it really even close?)
8) Favorite personality or historical figure? Valerie Bertinelli (actress) ('Cause she's still good-lookin'! And anyone who voted for Biden: Get Out. Now.)
9) Have you ever been to Delaware? Yes. (But why should anyone who hasn't been to Delaware get a vote? I mean, really. How would they know our best rivalry, or our most memorable sports moment?)

Looking at the results (as of this writing):
2) Did not expect football to be a three to one favorite over baseball. Wow.
3) The Phillies finished behind the Ravens and the Redskins in favorite team. Wow.
8) Elisabeth Shue favorite? Why? And Judge Reinhold beat out Valerie Bertinelli? That's wrong!

Quote of the Day
"September 11 for me was a wake up call. Do you know what I think the problem is? That a lot of the world woke up for a short time and then turned over and went back to sleep again" -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Catholic World News : Contraceptives don't reduce unplanned pregnancies
A new report from a pro-abortion research group provides wide ranging statistics and demographic information on women who had abortions, including new support for the claim that readily accessible contraceptives do not reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.

In addition the report from the Alan Guttmacher Institute shows that the number of abortion continued to drop in 2001 and 2002.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute is the research arm of Planned Parenthood and openly supports abortion and widespread access to contraceptives.
The report also reveals that women choose abortion overwhelmingly for reasons other than health, or for extreme reasons. Only four percent of abortions are obtained as a result of rape, incest, or for the health of the mother. Twenty-one percent of women said inadequate finances were the chief reason for their abortion; another 21 percent said they were not ready for the responsibility; 16 percent said life would change too much; 12 percent said either they had problems with their relationship or were unmarried; 11 percent said they were too young; and eight percent said they already had all the children they wanted.

The numbers also confirm that abortion disproportionately affects minorities, especially blacks. In 2002, black women had 409,000 abortions, accounting for 32 percent of all abortions. African-Americans make up 12 percent of the population. According to the report, black women "are more likely to resolve an unintended pregnancy through abortion." Hispanics accounted for 20 percent of all abortions in 2002 although they make up 13 percent of the US population.

"No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut." --Sam Rayburn

"Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries." --Mark Twain

"Now it's Roberts' turn. Barely had the president finished announcing the nomination when the Dems rushed Sen. Chuck Schumer on air, hunched and five-o'clock-shadowed and looking like a bus-&-truck one-man Nixon revue. Schumer's line was that, as a judge, Roberts had too thin a paper trail. His message seemed to be: Look, we Dems have the finest oppo-research boys in the business and, if we can't get any dirt on this guy, that must mean it's buried real deep and is real bad; the very fact that we can't get anything on him is in itself suspicious." --Mark Steyn

"As eugenics passes through each of its stages -- from sterilizing the enfeebled at the beginning of the 20th century to aborting the disabled at the end of it and the beginning of the 21st -- man is indeed playing God but without any of His providence or care." --George Neumayr

Jay Leno.... Hurricane Emily [hit] Mexico pretty hard. Luckily everyone down there is already up here. .... Earlier this week, President Bush held a state dinner last night for the Prime Minister of India. Did you see them together? They made kind of an odd couple. I think it was the first time ever in the White House they ever had a cowboy and an Indian together. .... Al Gore announced he is starting his own TV cable network. He's billing it as the first network for 18 to 34-year-olds. Apparently Al has never heard of MTV. .... The trial of Saddam Hussein is beginning. They say the evidence against Saddam Hussein is so strong that even a California jury might convict him. .... Bill Clinton is the only ex-president who hasn't planned his own funeral. Which is pretty amazing considering Clinton once had a near death experience. Not the heart bypass -- remember that time when Hillary came home early?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Patron Saints for Grandparents
Today's the feast day of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus.

Monday, July 25, 2005

"The idea of restraining the legislative authority in the means of providing for the national defense is one of those refinements which owe their origin to a zeal for liberty more ardent than enlightened." --Alexander Hamilton

"What would happen if all these neutral nations...were with one spontaneous impulse to do their duty...and were to stand together...against aggression and wrong? At present their plight is lamentable; and it will become much worse. They bow humbly and in fear to...threats of violence. ... Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear...the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar, ever more loudly, ever more widely. It will spread to the South; it will spread to the North. There is no chance of a speedy end except through united action." --Sir Winston Churchill

"No-fault divorce does not expand everyone's personal choice. It empowers the spouse who wishes to leave, and leaves the spouse who is being left helpless, overwhelmed, and weak. The spouse who chooses divorce has a liberating sense of mastery, which psychologists have identified as one of the key components of personal happiness. He or she is breaking free, embracing change, which, with its psychic echoes of the exhilarating original adolescent break from the family, can dramatically boost self-esteem. ... The spouse who leaves learns that love dies. The spouse who is left learns that love betrays and that the courts and society side with the betrayers. In court, your marriage commitment means nothing. The only rule is: Whoever wants out, wins. By gutting the marital contract, no-fault divorce has transformed what it means to get married. The state will no longer enforce permanent legal commitments to a spouse. Formally, at least, no-fault divorce thus demotes marriage from a binding relation into something best described as cohabitation with insurance benefits." --Maggie Gallagher

"There are those who believe that men in uniform are somehow associated with starting wars. That's like saying policemen cause crime. ... Keeping the peace is the most important problem we face. And I believe that because young men...are willing to put on the uniform and endure the rigors of military life, peace is more secure." --Ronald Reagan

"Sure, the invasion of Iraq was supposed to -- and will -- make us safer. But few said it would make us safer right away, and those who suggested otherwise were foolish for doing so. But why anybody should be shocked or outraged that terrorists are striking back even as they lose the war is beyond me. The only shock and outrage should be over their willingness to murder innocent civilians indiscriminately. And, perhaps, a little shock and outrage is called for in response to those who think such terrorism is justified at all." --Jonah Goldberg

Cheaper Health Insurance
Republicans haven't been getting much credit on the health policy front, despite their misguided 2003 drug entitlement masquerading as Medicare "reform." That could change soon. Last week the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill that could dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured and spur general economic growth--all without costing a dime to the Treasury.

The idea behind the legislation, sponsored by GOP Representative John Shadegg of Arizona, is disarmingly simple: Allow Americans to buy health insurance from vendors in any one of the 50 states.

Right now Americans who aren't lucky enough to get insurance from large employers or poor enough to qualify for Medicaid find themselves at the mercy of the legislators and insurance commissioners of the state in which they happen to live. This can be OK in states that exercise this regulatory function judiciously. But in others, the young and working poor find themselves effectively priced out of the market by special-interest regulations dressed up as consumer protections.

New York requires every insurance policy sold there to cover podiatry. Acupuncture coverage is mandated in 11 states, massage therapy in four, osteopathy in 24, and chiropractors in 47. There are an estimated 1,800 or so such insurance "mandates" across the country, and the costs add up.
As for the arguments against the bill, let's dismiss the phony federalism objection first. The Founders wrote a Commerce Clause into the Constitution precisely so Congress could act against internal restraints on trade of the sort represented by today's 50-state health-insurance market. The system has never made much sense; it is even more of an anachronism in the age of Amazon and eBay.
But the most important issue here is justice. It is simply immoral that millions should be exposed to the possibility of financial ruin because of the all-or-nothing choice offered by the insurance regulations of states like New York and New Jersey. Amazingly, we hear the entire GOP delegations from both states are leaning against the bill, which may come before the full House in September. Their names belong on a dishonor roll should they end up letting the special-interest lobbies mentioned above determine their vote. We hope President Bush--who supports the Shadegg bill--is prepared to twist arms as he did on the Medicare vote.

TV Listings
These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television
2. I'm not sure Stephen A. Smith needs to be miked before he goes on-air.
Quote of the Year I: Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins on Warren Sapp: "I hate him. He talks too much, he doesn't make any sense, he's fat, he's sloppy, he acts like he's the best thing since sliced bread. He's ugly, he stinks, his mouth stinks, his breath stinks, and basically his soul stinks, too. Not too many people have personalities like that and survive in life."

Quote of the Day
"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."

-- Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Charles Jarvis, 28 September 1820)

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