Month: February 2006

Cuomos and the Homos

Hoping to boost his support in the gay community, attorney-general hopeful Andrew Cuomo picked up the endorsement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“We could do no better in the lesbian and gay community than having Andrew Cuomo in this job,” Quinn said during a press conference at City Hall. “Andrew is supportive of gay marriage, which is a very significant position for any statewide candidate to take.”

NY Post Link.

The Left rips Republican politicians for catering to pro-lifers, but the Left caters to homosexuals. Given my choice, . . .

The title of this post, by the way, refers to this story. … Read the rest

“Let Us Build the City of God . . .”

Horrible song, but I like the plan:

A FORMER marine who was raised by nuns and made a fortune selling pizza has embarked on a £230m plan to build the first town in America to be run according to strict Catholic principles.

Abortions, pornography and contraceptives will be banned in the new Florida town of Ave Maria, which has begun to take shape on former vegetable farms 90 miles northwest of Miami.

Tom Monaghan, the founder of the Domino’s Pizza chain, has stirred protests from civil rights activists by declaring that Ave Maria’s pharmacies will not be allowed to sell condoms or birth control pills. The town’s cable television network will carry no X-rated channels. . . .

Yet civil rights activists and other watchdogs concerned about the separation of church and state are threatening lawsuits if Ave Maria attempts to enforce Catholic dogma. . . .

Monaghan has argued that the owners of the town’s commercial properties will be free to impose conditions in leases — notably the restriction on the sale of contraceptives. But that has been challenged by Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Simon said the US Supreme Court had already ruled “ownership [of a town] does not always mean absolute dominion”. “If he wants to build a town and encourage like-minded people to come and live there, that’s fine. We get into

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Refund

We’re pretty excited at the Scheske household. We’re receiving a big tax refund that will more than fund our spring trip to Mississippi (Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis) and the Smokie Mountains. Of course, we won’t receive the whole thing right away. The IRS seems to have some sort of mechanism in place that automatically disallows at least one of my nine exemptions, even though I provide social security numbers. Last year, the IRS practically made me load up all the children and drive them to Cincinnati to be counted, before they’d release all my money. … Read the rest

Mexican Decadence

When Mexican freelance journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho published a book last year exposing a paedophile ring, she was warned by friends and colleagues that she would run into trouble.

It did not take long for their warnings to come true. She was arrested by the police, driven 900 kms to the state of Puebla, held for 30 hours, mistreated and threatened. Now that she is the target of the wrath of powerful Mexican businessmen and politicians, she is worried that the worst is yet to come.

Link.

I spend a lot of time reading and thinking about a bunch of atheists across the Pacific Ocean in China, but I spend scarcely no time trying to figure out the Catholic debacle just across the Rio Grande. I’m going to have to remedy that. If anyone has any recommended books about Mexico today and how it got to its present mess, please email me (email link on left). … Read the rest

An Old Theme

A former fifth-grade teacher accused of having sex with her 11-year-old student was ordered held on $100,000 bond Saturday.

I haven’t featured one of these stories in awhile. It became less fun after that Catholic tramp was caught having sex with her students. But the number of public school incidents still greatly exceeds the parochial incidents, though I don’t know whether that’s true, per capita (given that I’ve only heard of one parochial school incident in the past two years, I suspect the public schools lead in the per capita race, too).

I’m also led to believe, incidentally, that both types of schools have far more such incidents than home schools. … Read the rest

Drinking to Health

It’s not too often you hear about Canada coming up with a good approach to a social problem, but this one doesn’t sound too bad: giving whinos wine.

The Shepherds of Good Hope shelter in Ottawa is home to the Managed Alcohol Program, where 25 homeless alcoholics are served up to 5 ounces of home-brewed wine hourly from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. under medical supervision.

Over 16 months, 17 MAP participants cut their emergency room visits by 35 percent, had half as many clashes with police and cut their drinking from 46 to eight drinks a day, the study said.

I’ve never bought into the idea that alcoholism is a disease. Don’t send me a hate mail: I’m not saying it’s bunk, I just never bought into it. In any event, this experiment seems to militate against the idea that one drink of alcohol triggers a chemical reaction that sends an “alcoholic” into a trailspin of drinking that can’t be controlled. … Read the rest