Saturday, July 09, 2005

Loonyville's Version of 9/11

Oliver Stone's rampage on history in the name of promulgating his left wing conspiracy theories continues.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Spit On a Piece of Paper and See How Far It'll Go!

That's how my boss describes lawsuits that are facially questionable, but legally colorable so as to avoid being classified as frivilous. I think the following would qualify as such a lawsuit.

LOS ANGELES - A California woman is suing a hospital for wrongful death because her husband fainted and suffered a fatal injury after helping delivery room staff give her a pain-killing injection.


In June 2004, Passalaqua’s husband, Steven Passalaqua, was asked by Kaiser staff to hold and steady his wife while an employee inserted an epidural needle into her back, court papers said.

The sight of the needle caused Steven Passalaqua, 33, to faint and he fell backward, striking his head on an aluminum cap molding at the base of the wall.

Jeanette Passalaqua delivered the couple’s second child, a boy, later that day. Steven Passalaqua, however, suffered a brain hemorrhage as a result of his fall and died two days later, the lawsuit said.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The US Bishops Intervene in SCOTUS Debate

And clearly reveal that they are in need of a few lessons on what the function of the Judicial Branch is supposed to be.

First of all, does it make sense to hold out for "qualified jurists who, pre-eminently, support the protection of human life from conception to natural death, especially of those who are unborn, disabled, or terminally ill"? I'd be perfectly happy with justices who allowed legislatures to extend that protection. If the bishops want more, whatever else may be said about their wanting more, then they have no chance of prevailing.

Second, does it make sense to seek "jurists who . . . recognize the value of parental choice in education"? Again, how about just justices who are willing to allow legislatures to recognize that value?
The Imperial Senator from Joisey New Yawk

Chucky Schumer declares political war against any person Pres. Bush nominates to the SCOTUS.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

I am the King of France!

And Genevieve Beney is a "priestess" of the Catholic Church.

From GetReligion:

A French woman defied a threat of excommunication by the Roman Catholic Church and held a ceremony proclaiming herself a priest on Saturday [that is, today].

In a small ceremony on a boat, Genevieve Beney was joined by other women from around the world who have taken similar dramatic action to draw attention to the church’s policy against women priests.
The Ninth Day

This looks like an interesting movie, and it's going to be playing at a theater here in The OC next weekend. Here's the synopsis from the official movie website:

Abbé Kremer is released from a living hell in the Dachau concentration camp and sent home to Luxembourg. Upon his arrival, he soon learns that this is not a reprieve or a pardon of his crime – voicing opposition to the Nazis’ racial laws – but that he has nine days to convince the bishop of Luxembourg to work with the Nazi occupiers. Gestapo Untersturmführer Gebhardt is under pressure from his superior to have the Abbé succeed in creating a rift between the Luxembourg church and the Vatican – or be transferred to duty in the death camps in the East. Gebhardt, a former Catholic seminarian, uses theological arguments to bring the Abbé around but when they don’t work he resorts to more draconian measures. The Abbé is torn between his conscience and his horror of returning to Dachau...