Monthly Archives: October 2005

Scarlito’s way

Here’s what I don’t get…conservatives supposedly want LESS government and LESS government intrusion into our lives and yet, when it comes to sex and abortion, many conservatives want to create rules about what a wife has to tell her husband and what consenting adults can do in the privacy of their homes.

Bush’s latest appointee came to the legal conclusion that spousal notification is not an onerous burden on the wife if she chooses to have an abortion. Don’t forget that abortion is still legal here!

I firmly believe that a decision to abort a child should be discussed by both parents. I wish with all my heart that the parents would change their mind and NOT choose abortion. But, as long as abortion is legal, is it really government’s business to intrude into that discussion and decision?

I understand that the underpinning for Alito’s decision may have been his desire to not intrude on the will of the legislature that chose to require spousal notification, but to me, this line of thinking on this issue portends the non-belief in the right to privacy as established in Griswald v. Connecticut.

On the other hand, Alito (in Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women v. Knoll (61 F.3d 170)) cast the tie-breaking vote, when the 3rd Circuit panel enjoined (forbid) the enforcement of a provision in Pa’s Abortion Control Act that had required victims of rape and incest to report the crime to appropriate authorities as a precondition for obtaining an abortion at taxpayer expense under Medicaid.

Although the latter ruling is somewhat encouraging (if commonsensical), I’m thinking that if you firmly believe in the constitutional right to privacy, Alito may not be your man.



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The Beaman Park Squirrel-Eating Monster

It may not be as scary as the Bell Witch, the Antioch Deathkiller or the Tennessee Titans (lack of) defense, but there must be a squirrel eating monster residing in the dales or hollows of the newest Nashville Park.

Today was the perfect day for a walk in the park..after eating splendid bagel sandwiches at Bongo Java East we sauntered (can you saunter in a car?) north-westward to Beaman Park. There are two official trails in the park (an experience park-goer told us that there were many more unofficial trails)-The Hollow trail and the Ridgetop trail. Consdering that the Ridgetop trail is 4.4 miles round trip and the Hollow trail was a 2.1 mile loop that didn’t require backtracking, it was an easy choice for us.

I highly recommend taking the trek out to Beaman Park. It’s out of the way but that is one of the park’s many virtues. When I was in high school one of our favorite pranks was to drive up to someone walking or standing on the side of the road and and then ask them if they knew the way to some obscure road (our favorite was North Berry Chapel Road). When they said that they didn’t know the way we proceeded to tell them. Always good for seriously confused looks and deranged laughter from those of us in the car…anyway..Do you know how to get to Beaman Park???

Go out Ashland City Highway from Bordeaux until you get to Eatons Creek Road – turn right (right is the only way you can turn) and stay on Eaton’s Creek for about 50 miles (actually it’s probably 5 or 6). After you cross Old Hickory Blvd. you wll see signs for the park. Turn left on Marrowbone road (it’s marked with a park sign and you will see the entrance to the park on your left in about 1/2 mile). Well worth the trip.

After hiking for about 1/2 mile we realized something was missing. This is a truly isolated quiet forested area with thousands of trees. No squrrels. Absolutely postively none… Considering that the minute we put out any bird feed in our near-downtown urban area house we see greedy-bird-food-eating squirrels coming out of the, well, trees. How can we have squirrels here in Salemtown and there are NONE in Beaman Park?

My theory (it’s mine and i’m sticking to it) is that a giant squirrel eating monster resides in a cave by the stream that runs through the park. I thought I heard the creature and attempted to take a picture but I must have just missed it.

Maybe someone far smarter than me has a better explaination. But like other bloggers wanting to believe in Loch Ness i’ve gotta believe that intelligient design provides for squirrel eating monsters. Our visting birds would sure be happy if that were the case…

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Today’s Personal Responsibility Award, or ‘But, Trent, you’re gonna miss Aunt B!”

“Bloggers claim I was their first pelt, and I believe that. I’ll never read a blog.” – Sen. Trent Lott, quoted in the Christian Science Monitor in their 10/27/05 edition.

I guess that Trent really would feel more comfortable in the Strom Thurmond heyday.

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See you in the funny papers?

Today’s words to live by come from the comic strip ‘Get Fuzzy’.

“My strength is that I can laugh at myself, Bucky”
“Your weakness is that you don’t have a choice!”

Would that I had a choice…

But, what I want to know is this: Does anybody under the age of 30 read the funny papers/comics? I don’t mean comic books, but the comic strips found in the pages of your daily paper.

I’ve read the funnies since I was six years old. I grew up with the Nashville Banner and migrated to the Tennessean when I was in college. I’ve read either the Banner’s funnies or the Tennessean’s funnies pretty much every day to this day (when I’ve been in town).

My kids barely read the paper, much less the funnies. I don’t think their friends read the funnies. When I go to Bongo Java/Portland Brew/Kijijis/Starbucks I don’t notice any of my fellow loiterers reading the funnies (not that I sneak around furtively looking over their shoulders).

Other than Cal Thomas on the Op-Ed page who makes me laugh unintentionally, and the occasional sports piece claiming that THIS is the year that Vandy football is going to a bowl, I can’t think of anything in the paper funnier or more pleasurable than ‘Get Fuzzy’, ‘Zits’, ‘Doonesbury’, ‘Curtis’, ‘Red & Rover’ and the venerable chestnut ‘Blondie’.

Are the funny papers the newspaper equivalent of Matlock? Should they be sponsored by Depends?

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If Fox News had been around throughout history…

HT: Kimble Forrister – Alabama Arise


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It only hurts when I pump…Thanks Exxon..thanks 10Billion Times

Big oil must LOVE the hurricane season…

Third Quarter EARNINGS
Exxon/Mobile $10,000,000,000 (up 75% from 2004 3rd quarter)
BP $6,430,000,000 (up from $4,870,000,000)
Chevron $3,590,000,000 (up from $3,200,000,000)

Republican reaction – Let’s give em’ some MORE money! SEE BELOW


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Outside of Kinky Friedman…

Sarah Silverman is probably the funniest and absolutely the most politically incorrect human alive. Check out THIS trailer for her upcoming movie.

WARNING: Not really work/family/prettymuchanysetting friendly..careful with the volume on the speakers!


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