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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Yesterday Water, Today Toothpaste

We read yesterday about the scientific study that was released that brought us the startling news that water can kill (link).

Now we learn that toothpaste, when mixed with water, can as well.
Toothpaste cancer alert
By Mark Prigg Science Correspondent And Rebecca Lawrence, Evening Standard

Dozens of toothpastes sold at supermarkets are at the centre of a cancer alert today.

Anti-bacterial cleaning products, including dishwashing liquid and handwash, are also affected.

Researchers have discovered that triclosan, a chemical in the products, can react with water to produce chloroform gas. If inhaled in large enough quantities, chloroform can cause depression, liver problems and, in some cases, cancer.

An Evening Standard investigation found dozens of products on supermarket shelves containing the chemical, from brand names including Colgate, Aquafresh, Dentyl and Sensodyne. (link)
Water, toothpaste, butter, meat, salt. And on and on.

Kinda makes you want to crawl in a hole and cover yourself up, doesn't it?

Media McCain At It Again

I've said before I will never vote for John McCain, no matter the office. No matter who runs against him. I'll sit out the presidential election - as I did when the pitiable Bob Dole was nominated by the GOP - before I'll vote for him.

And I've listed the reasons.

  1. He brought us the most egregious federal legislation - as it relates to our civil liberties - in decades; that being McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform
  2. He has been in favor a number of gun control bills, including the inane "gun show loophole" legislation
  3. He opposes perfectly reasonable attempts at controlling the flood of immigrants across our borders, most recently denouncing the Minutemen and their yeoman efforts to monitor the Mexico/Arizona border
  4. He has on many occasions been supportive of tax increases and frequently opposes tax cuts

And I add this to the list:

McCain irks Republicans over anti-filibuster option

By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain has once again enraged Republicans by publicly opposing Majority Leader Bill Frist's plan to employ the so-called nuclear option for ending the filibusters against President Bush's judicial nominees.

"Look, we won't always be in the majority," Mr. McCain told MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews Thursday night. "I say to my conservative friends, someday there will be a liberal Democrat president and a liberal Democrat Congress. Why? Because history shows it goes back and forth. I don't know if it's a hundred years from now, but it will happen. And do we want a bunch of liberal judges approved by the Senate of the United States with 51 votes if the Democrats are in the majority?"

Mr. McCain particularly outraged conservatives by telling Mr. Matthews that Republicans have done the same thing to Democrats in the past, a point that Republicans dispute. (link)

McCain is doing this for only one reason. It plays well with big media. And McCain is the darling of big media.

I hope the Democrats wise up and run someone - anyone - in 2008 for the presidency who is reasonably moderate. I will enthusiastically run to the polls on election day to vote against John McCain.

A Message For Bishop Robinson


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Episcopal Church Lost In The Wilderness

I listened to a caller to a radio show the other day talk about her disdain for the actions of her Episcopal Bishop, Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual person to hold that position in the church. She was uncomfortable with his having caused a massive split in the church and for having driven away tens of thousands of loyal parishioners.

But then she said something I thought was most telling. When asked if she would continue to attend her Episcopal church, she replied, "Oh yes. We will always be open to all points of view."

Well, doesn't that sort of sum up the problem with the Episcopal church in America? One can go there to experience "all points of view."

Kind of like going down to the local tavern to commune with the drunks, losers, and derelicts. You'll get "all points of view" there too.

A church must stand for something besides inclusion. I want to learn from a preacher who is willing to tell me right from wrong. Good from bad. Black from white. I want to know what will get me into heaven and what actions will send me to hell. I don't want to be associated with a church that exalts togetherness and compassion.

I can get that from a hooker. And it won't cost me as much.

I want to be a part of a church where the preacher looks me straight in the eye and says, "You either clean up your act or you'll not be joining the rest of us in the hereafter, pal." To me, a pastor's job isn't to love me. His job is to help me work my way through this life in such a way as to get me through the pearly gates.

Right from wrong. Black from white. Good from evil.

Something, apparently, one will never get in a sermon in an Episcopal church.

There you'll get hugs. Friendship. Sisterhood. "All points of view."

The posterboy for the Episcopal church had some things to say yesterday regarding life in these United States. He spoke at Planned Parenthood's Prayer Breakfast (that in itself had to be a hoot). His words, as one might predict, are political. God was an afterthought.
Gay bishop backs Planned Parenthood
By Jon Ward, The Washington Times

Planned Parenthood should target "people of faith" to promote abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, the Episcopal Church's first openly homosexual bishop told a gathering in the District yesterday.

"In this last election we see what the ultimate result of divorce from communities of faith will do to us," New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson said during Planned Parenthood's fifth annual prayer breakfast.

"Our defense against religious people has to be a religious defense. ... We must use people of faith to counter the faith-based arguments against us," he said. (
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"Our defense against religious people." That speaks volumes about this joker's real interest in inclusion. In fact, in his world, it's simply us against them. A bishop in the church, for God's sake. His is a social movements effort; not a sermon to the flock. He wants more Democrats. He couldn't give a damn if anyone is interested in joining the church or learning the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Robinson's comments at Planned Parenthood's national leadership conference took aim at traditional interpretations of the Bible.

"We have allowed the Bible to be taken hostage, and it is being wielded by folks who would use it to hit us over the head. We have to take back those Scriptures," he said. "You know, those stories are our stories. I tell this to lesbian folk all the time: The story of freedom in Exodus is our story. ... That's my story, and they can't have it.
The teachings of the Bible are whatever we want them to be. And if we want them to be something else tomorrow, well, that'll be okay too. And if you want to develop a different interpretation for the scriptures, I'll understand. The words mean nothing, because they can, at any time, mean anything.
"This current administration notwithstanding, the world is not black and white," Bishop Robinson said. "We need to teach people about nuance, about holding things in tension, that this can be true and that can be true, and somewhere between is the right answer. It's a very adult way of living, you know.

"What an unimaginative God it would be if God only put one meaning in any verse of Scripture," he said.
Nuance. There is no right or wrong. Black or white. Good or evil. God is whoever we want him to be. Just live a good life and you'll be ... okay.

Or not ...
Mr. Robinson left his wife and two young daughters in 1986 and moved in with another man.
Whatever.
Abortion, he said yesterday, is "not just a matter between a woman and her body. This is not like removing a mole. On the other hand, no one should interfere with a woman's right to choose."
Which makes the small human beings little more than moles.

I've often said that one can find the hippies of the 1960's in leadership positions in the more liberal churches in America today. They're preaching peace and love, baby, every Sunday at 10:00 am - if that's convenient. If it isn't, you can simply pick up the CD version at the church rectory at your convenience. And if you can leave a love offering while there, well, that would be really far out too, man

The Episcopal church must be very proud. Dude.

The Search For Meaning

While Bishop Robinson is out there preaching the goodness of abortion, the rest of us are trying to grapple with this sort of thing.

Girl learning to drive kills mother

MARLBORO, NJ, Apr. 16 (UPI) -- A New Jersey teenager accidentally killed her mother while learning how to parallel park.

The Asbury Park Press reports that the unidentified 16-year-old was in the car on a quiet street in Marlboro when the tragic accident occurred Thursday afternoon.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Robert Honecker told the newspaper that her mother had set up cones and was outside the car watching her daughter.

The girl apparently hit the accelerator by mistake and the car lurched forward, hitting her mother. (link)

I could use a little help understanding why this happens.

We Got Us a New Art Museum

Roanoke has a new "art" museum going up. And the promoters are saying it has the potential to revitalize a crumbling city the likes of which the world has never known.
Building for the future
By Kevin Kittredge, Roanoke Times

New art museum in downtown Roanoke bids to reshape the region

The new Art Museum of Western Virginia by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout is a far cry from what museum officials envisioned almost seven years ago, when they realized that they were out of room at Center in the Square.

It has morphed from a conservative building renovation to a walk on the wild side. From a quest for more space, it has turned into a quest for international fame. (link)
International fame. Wow. I have to sit down.
The 75,000-square-foot building, to be on what is now a downtown parking lot across the railroad tracks from the O. Winston Link Museum ...
Which already has international fame.

... will have two-and-a-half times the gallery space of the current museum. It also will include a cafe, bookstore, auditorium and extensive educational programs - possibly in concert with Virginia Tech.

Two things seem clear from talking to those close to the project, who include some of the biggest names in the Roanoke Valley's business world and represent much of its wealth:

It's going to happen. And nobody is thinking small.

"This is going to be as transformational for Roanoke as the railroad," said fund-raising chairwoman Jenny Taubman, echoing the words that seem to be on many people's lips these days.

"We think there is an excellent chance that this project could be transformational for downtown and the region," said Ed Murphy, president and chief executive office of Carilion Health System.

Remind me not to go to a Carilion hospital to obtain an objective evaluation of my prostate.
"We've lost a lot of important industries," explained [Heywood] Fralin, chief executive officer of Medical Facilities of America. "We've lost a lot of critical jobs. It's important for us to create economic development that can sustain the Roanoke Valley for a long time. It's not going to just happen."
That's true. But anyone who thinks an "art" museum is going to do anything for the revitalization of the city of Roanoke or the region, beyond sprucing up a vacant lot, is smoking something. People are not going to drive down here from the upper west side of Manhattan to view some pig slop tossed on canvas that Roanoke's beautiful people have declared art.

To me the vacant lot has more artistic value.

Diversity Expert Speaks At Virginia Tech

Speaker addresses diversity in the workplace

Marta Perez said diversity goes beyond race or gender in the workplace. Perez was part of the Pamplin College of Business’ Wachovia Distinguished Lector’s Series.

By Lexi Edwards, Staff Writer, Collegiate Times

A beautiful day did not stop students from coming out to hear Marta Perez talk on the importance of diversity in the workplace Thursday. The speech was part of the Pamplin College of Business’ Wachovia Distinguished Speaker series. Perez is the associate director for Human Capital Leadership at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Many students packed into a small room in Pamplin Hall to hear Perez explain what diversity is and how it affects every aspect of life. (
link)
Marta Perez is a diversity expert. How can one tell? She speaks all the right horseshit.

She came to the Virginia Tech campus to tell a gullible crowd of students and a slew of university vice presidents that it is vital to have diversity in your place of business.
“There is regional, disability, occupational [ there's a new one] and cultural diversity that can all be used to maximize business performance,” she said. “Make sure diversity is an aspect in business. Be deliberate in management, in the business outcome you want to accomplish.”
See what I mean? This gal knows the lingo. What she is saying is unquantifiable. Unproved and unprovable. But it sounds good. So, what the heck.

Well, I say she's dead wrong.

I have experience with hiring hundreds of people, thousands if you count those hired by those who have answered to me - men, women, black, white, Asian, Hispanic. And one American Indian - since we're counting. Many were excellent employees. Some I bid farewell to for having been miserable failures.

What I know, as it relates to maximizing business performance and hiring, is this: I don't give a damn about your cultural heritage, your sexual proclivities (just keep it in your pants while on the job), the color of your skin, or the nature of your disabilities. All I want is your completing the task assigned to you. Promptly. Efficiently. Without error.

If that means, in the process of hiring and firing, that I end up with a workforce of left-handed wheelchair-bound near-sighted female Tahitians, who happen to be the best at their jobs anywhere on earth, I and the stockholders to whom we all answer are that much the better for it.

Diversity is one of those subjects about which we allow academics on campus to ruminate. And in our major corporations, we keep count and maintain certain quotas in order to keep the likes of Marta Perez from saying bad things about us.

But here is today's thought to consider: Capitalism works despite pressures for diversity in the workplace.

You can send your indignation and outrage to stoneylone@naxs.net

We Need Warning Labels On Bathtubs

This is not funny:

Elderly Virginian survives five days stuck in bathtub
Associated Press

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- A 75-year-old woman who lay trapped in her bathtub for five days toasted her rescue with a cola and a cigarette.

Jane Fromal suffered slight dehydration even though she said she ran tap water to drink during the ordeal, which ended Wednesday evening.

Doctors said they would keep her at the hospital for a few days to make sure her muscles were working right.

Miss Fromal drew a bath Saturday afternoon to nurse a sore tailbone.

"I thought I'd get in the tub and soak," she said Thursday as she rested at Riverside Regional Medical Center. "I didn't know I was going to soak for five days."

She tried to lift herself up a number of times but was unable to do so. Her elbows and forearms were left raw and sore.

James Mountjoy, Miss Fromal's grandson-in-law, burst through a locked storm door. Family members found her in the bathroom off her upstairs bedroom. (
link)

Some Things In Life Are Unfair

Remember the story about the woman who got a spoonful of Wendy's chili and bit into a human finger? Well, as one might predict, the incident has hurt Wendy's business.

Wendy's has its hands full with the tale of the finger in the chili
By Kim Curtis, Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Somewhere out there is a woman, dead or alive, who is missing a well-manicured finger about 1 1/2 inches long.


Authorities know where the finger ended up -- in a bowl of Wendy's chili -- but just who it belongs to is a mystery.

Anna Ayala's claim that she bit down on the finger in a mouthful of her steamy stew on March 22 initially drew sympathy. But when police and health officials failed to find any missing digits among the workers involved in the restaurant's supply chain, suspicion fell on Ayala ...

Sales have dropped at franchises in Northern California, forcing layoffs and reduced hours, the company said. Wendy's also has hired private investigators, set up a hot line for tips and doubled its reward Friday to $100,000 for information leading to the finger's original owner.

"Our brand reputation has been affected nationally. We are determined to find out what really happened," said president and chief executive Tom Mueller. He said Wendy's employees have passed polygraph tests, and "there is no credible evidence that Wendy's is the source of the foreign object." (link)

I've tried Wendy's chili and found it to be quite bland. Next time I go through the drive-thru, I'm going to ask if they could season mine like they did Ms. Ayala's.

And then throw my car in gear and run ...

Another Coward In The GOP Ranks

Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) has decided to join the ranks of cowardly Republican legislators who would rather throw Tom Delay overboard than fight.

Conservative Lawmaker: DeLay Should Quit
By SUZANNE GAMBO, AAssociated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of Congress' most conservative members on Friday became the second House Republican to urge Majority Leader Tom DeLay to step aside because of the ethics scrutiny he's facing.

"If the majority leader were to temporarily step aside so that these trumped up charges can be dealt with in a less hostile environment, as they have proven to be an unnecessary distraction, it may be a productive move," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. (link)

I've listened to interviews conducted with Mr. Tancredo. He is probably as much a goof as he is a coward.

Hard to say which attribute came to the fore here.