Archive for March, 2005


Thursday, March 31st, 2005

As you may recall, on the first night of Law School Bowling, I bowled a 46.

Well, tonight was the last night of Law School Bowling, and in the last game of the year, I bowled a career-high 125.


At this rate of improvement, I’ll be bowling perfect games in no time! :)

Connecticut keeps capital punishment

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Since the News and The Blog continue to be dominated by issues of Life and Death, here’s the latest word from the Constitution State. (Note the Ironic headline.)

Death Penalty Survives
After Five-Hour Debate, House Votes 89-60 Against Proposed Repeal Of Capital Punishment

March 31, 2005
By MARK PAZNIOKAS, Courant Staff Writer

The state House of Representatives rejected a proposal Wednesday to abolish the death penalty and spare the lives of serial killer Michael Ross and six others on Connecticut’s death row.

By an 89-60 vote, the House defeated a bill that would have made what are now capital crimes punishable by life in prison without possibility of release.

…The vote underlined a sharp partisan divide on capital punishment that could reverberate in the 2006 elections for governor and the General Assembly.

The 52-member Republican minority strongly embraced the death penalty, voting 48-4 against repeal, while the 99-member Democratic majority split. Democrats voted 56-41 for abolition, with two absences.

…Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, D-East Haven, the co-chairman of the judiciary committee, urged the House to remove Connecticut’s singular status in the Northeast: It is the only state from New Jersey to Maine with prisoners on death row.

…Ross faces a scheduled execution May 11 only because he has waived further appeals and volunteered to die.

…Rep. David K. Labriola, R-Naugatuck, called the repeal effort “an insult and a cold slap in the face” to the families of the victims of every killer on death row.

Then he allowed that opposition to capital punishment on moral or religious ground was “a respectable point of view.”

I would certainly Allow as how it is, too. Also respectable is such opposition to abortion, to euthanasia, to withholding or withdrawal of artifical life-support, and for that matter to all War. Re the Death Penalty, I more-or-less share (albeit with gritted teeth, in certain Cases) the Opposition’s view. / But I would not Allow that simply because these Respect-worthy views are usually held & proclaimed with great Moral and Religious sincerity, certitude and intensity, respectable Governments must perforce Execute, Legislate, and Adjudicate in strict accordance with them. (Be informed by them, as by others, in its deliberations & actions ~ Yes.)

Read the whole thing.

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Thursday, March 31st, 2005
— Pope John Paul II has been given the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church as his health deteriorates, a Vatican source tells CNN.

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Pope given last rites

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

The Sacrament of the Sick, or “last rites,” have been administered to Pope John Paul II, according to CNN.

Earlier today, when I learned that Terri Schiavo had died, I privately thought to myself, “What will the news media do if the Pope dies on the same day?” Heaven forbid, but that looks less far-fetched right now.

UPDATE: Story here.

UPDATE 2: CNN is also reporting that there are no plans to take the Pope from the Vatican back to the hospital.

“So basically, we’re bracing, God forbid, for the worst.” –Wolf Blitzer

Pope getting sicker?

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Pope John Paul II has reportedly taken a turn for the worse.

UPDATE: The Vatican now confirms, according to a BBC breaking news e-mail: “Pope John Paul II’s condition has worsened, and he has a high fever caused by a urinary tract infection, a Vatican spokesman says.”

Buffalo pics online

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

I just finished uploading a whole bunch of pictures of Becky’s and my Easter Break in Buffalo. Woohoo!

As for Becky’s dress shopping expedition at David’s Bridal, I restrained myself from posting any of the beautiful photos of my gorgeous bride-to-be trying on wedding gowns; I don’t want everybody to get such a detailed sneak preview! :) Until December 30, you’ll just have to settle for the low-resolution cell-phone pic that I already posted.

I did, however, post plenty of pictures of Becky’s hot friends lovely bridesmaids (ahem, cough cough) trying on dresses:

:) And here they are again, sitting as judges during Becky’s wedding-gown fashion show.

Also, check out my stitched-together panoramic shot of the view from V’s parents’ condo on the Niagara River, where we stayed Friday night:

Oh, and last but not least… the grand finale of Becky’s bachelorette party: the penis cake. :)

View the whole photo gallery here (3 pages, 72 pictures).

Schiavo debate

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

For those who like a good Terri Schiavo flame war, Patrick’s blog is the place to be at the moment.

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Terry Schiavo has died

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

May she rest in peace.

The Golden Eyesore

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Notre Dame is in the process of re-gilding the Golden Dome (or as Becky put it, “they’re re-doing the brass on the Dome”), and the seniors aren’t happy about the eyesore that the scaffolding is going to create for graduation:

Joe Tan, whose aunt and uncle will be taking a 24-hour flight from Singapore to see Notre Dame for the first time… [said,] “Of all the time to be re-gilding, why before graduation? It’s disappointing that something like this would take place, to my aunt and uncle who are looking forward to seeing campus.” …

Many students have insisted that the University’s refusal to change the re-gilding plans shows a lack of respect for its students.

“This is just another example that students really do not have a voice at this campus…,” senior Sarah Bates said.

I can’t blame the seniors for being upset. Heaven knows I’d have been pissed if, say, Tommy Trojan had been covered with duct tape on my graduation day.

Notre Dame’s executive vice president, John Affleck-Graves, says he is sympathetic, but reminds students that “the best memories of graduation are not about the dome itself, but the spirit of the graduates underneath it”:

“Graduation is not about the physical dome. You don’t remember standing in front of it getting your picture taken. It’s about the proud parents and being part of mass. There could be no dome and it would be a fabulous time,” Affleck-Graves said.

With all due respect, Mr. Affleck-Graves, you’re completely wrong. Graduation Day is all about pretty pictures. When I think back on my entire college experience at USC, I remember good times with good friends, the “spirit” of my fellow students, blah blah blah. But when I think back on my graduation day itself, I mostly remember… pretty pictures.

I absolutely “remember standing in front of [Tommy Trojan, Doheny Library, the VKC Tower, the EASC building, etc.] getting [my] picture taken.” That’s what graduation day is all about: wearing your cap and gown, looking all cool, standing in front of pretty campus landmarks and having your proud, dorked-out parents take pictures of you! Seriously!

So yeah, I can understand how the seniors feel. I’d be way upset if I were them. I mean, really, do the indignities never end? First, the football team loses to USC by 31 points in your sophomore, junior and senior years… and then the Dome re-gilding ruins your graduation?! Tragic, really. (I’m sorry, was that an unnecessary USC football reference? :)

On the bright side, when I graduate from NDLS in 2007, the Dome will be nice and shiny! Woohoo! :)

Tell us how you really feel, Charlie

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Just in case anyone mistakenly thought that Coach Weis was a gentle giant…

The guard has definitely changed from the reserved nature of Tyrone Willingham to the brash demeanor of Charlie Weis.

And it took all of the first snap of the football from the first-team offense to notice how different things are around the Irish football program these days.

“We’re not starting like that,” Weis barked at the unit led by quarterback Brady Quinn. “Get your (butts) back here.”

The do-over only encouraged the first-time head coach to become more animated.

“You guys look like crap,” Weis snapped. “I’ll stand here and we can do this all day. I have nothing better to do.”


I love how the Tribune replaced “asses” with “(butts).” I’m surprised they didn’t change the second quote to “You guys look like (poo).” :)

Nyah Nyah

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

In a previous post, I had erroneously commented that the Catholic Church is against miraculous medical intervention to save a life. I was informed otherwise, rather impolitely, and so I’ve kept my eyes open for more information.

This article seems to justify my confusion, as it notes that while the Pope has given speeches about PVS and tube feeding, he never produced any official doctrine on the matter.

Oh, and Dave, I’m still waiting for my catechism. ;)

NDLS plunged into darkness

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

A bitchin’ thunderstorm rolled through South Bend last hour, bringing with it frequent and vivid lightning, torrential rain and strong winds, and — as correspondent Sergio Lopez reports via e-mail — knocking out power to the law school:

Today (March 30, 2005) was a dark day in NDLS history, literally. At about 11:00pm, most of the building was plunged into darkness during the thunderstorm. The chaotic horror lasted for approximately 20 minutes. The only apparent victims were those working on the computers in the 2nd floor lab (which shut down during the blackout). The whole room smelt of burning circuitry. To the best of my knowledge, no one else was hurt. :-)


God bless America!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Sexy, scantily clad Arizona sorority girls posing with iPod Shuffles, and raising money for tsunami relief in the process. Could life possibly get any better? (SFW.)

There are Shuffle-toting, topless frat boys, too, if you’re into that sort of thing.

P.S. Close inspection reveals that the USB connector on Emily‘s Shuffle is missing its little plastic hat… so the connector is just hanging out there, naked and exposed for all to see! How scandalous! How phallic! How… oddly erotic! :)


Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

For those of you who felt that my last source was too biased, here is another source who articulates a more scientific perspective. His points about PET and CAT scans are particularly useful.