Wednesday, March 23, 2005

I finally got around to watching The Amazing Race which I had TiVo'd up from last night. You know, if the producers are going to rig the game in order to keep some couple in the "competitive" group, then it pretty much ruins the show, doesn't it? I mean, if they're going to pick who they want to win and then rig the game so that they win, then I don't really need to watch.

Sucks, too, because up until recently (last season, when they pretty clearly gamed the system to prevent one team from getting well ahead of the pack) I really enjoyed watching the show.

Talk amongst yourselves.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Just 'cause I can:

Monday, March 21, 2005

I continue to be amazed at the spectacle that is surrounding Terri Schiavo.

Before proceeding, please read Abstract Appeal -- by Matt Conigliaro. Thanks.

Mr. Conigliaro is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. He is not involved in this case professionally for either side, but has been writing down major milestones concerning Mrs. Schiavo for quite a long time. He very thoughtfully attached links from his page to the actual court opinions so you can go and read what they wrote for yourself.

I'll go ahead and throw my hat into the ring. Dog knows I love winding people up, so why should I pass this opportunity by?

  1. Terri's parents have been set upon by charlatans and vampires who feed upon the suffering of the vulnerable.

    Suppose these medical personnel came out and said "We're taking Terri to our experimental clinic in Mexico and we're going to give her coffee enemas 15 times a day until her brain reflexively regenerates a cortex," would you still go along with it? Terri's brain has died, and her parents are consumed by inconsolable grief. There are people who see nothing here but an opportunity to make political points, reputation, or money. Every one of you who encourages her parents to continue pretending that their beloved daughter is still trapped in that husk are de facto helping the vampires. Stop helping the vampires.

  2. Stop thinking that everybody is out to commit evil.

    It's much easier to think that Michael Schiavo and his lawyers and the judges and the doctors and the nurses and the hospices and EVERYBODY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM are involved in a conspiracy to kill Terri because they're full of hate and evil. They're not. Everybody in this situation is holding the shitty end of the stick.

  3. Where is your normal skepticism, people?

    If Saddam Hussein (or George W. Bush ... pick the one you hate more) released a video of his subjects singing and dancing about how wonderful he was, would you swallow it as uncritically as you did the video of Terri's envelope apparently watching a balloon? Seriously?

Do you really live in a world where Michael Schiavo sets out to commit heinous evil, and he manages to find an attorney to help him, and they together find a judge plus an appeals judge plus a state Supreme Court to go along with it? For funsies? Really? Man, I don't want to live in your world; it sucks.

How 'bout this: you try imagining that everybody (except the grifters working the con on the parents) here are really truly honest-to-Jah trying to do the right thing. You might still wind up at the same spot, but maybe you can let the demonization go.