Archive for November, 2005


Blogging will be light today as we celebrate the birthday of my my wife Ann. Yesterday Catherine gave her an early birthday present but I’ll spare you the details.
We have three in diapers, two dogs, and my mother living with us. Ann is a stay-at-home-mom in name only. She is my partner in two businesses, manages the health of her two aging parents, and has thus far declined any domestic help of any kind. In spite of the daily grind she has remained as beautiful, funny, upbeat and compassionate as the day we were married. I am a lucky man.
Flower_dog Logan was our flower dog.

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Cindy Sheehan is claiming that the AP falsely reported that her book signing was a flop. I had expressed my own skepticism over the suggestion from the photo and caption that nobody showed up, but conceded the point that if the AP could have found a way to make it look like a smashing success, they would have. So who’s right?
Asked for a response, an AP spokesman commented this afternoon:

"Photographer Evan Vucci, queried about the incident today said that he was present at the book signing from about 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m. During that time, he said, people were coming in to have their books signed in small groups of a few at a time.

"At the time the photos were taken ‘maybe 5 people had come in,’ Vucci says, and Sheehan was waiting for more to stop by, which they did individually as well as in very small groups. Therefore the wording of the caption is accurate in that Sheehan was waiting for people to show up at her signing."

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If you didn’t know that cartoonist/commentator Ted Rall is a hateful rectal cavity, now you know. Via Say Anything and Wizbang:


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The Curt Jester has an, um, informative posting on the Season of Advent. He’s also provided the code for the neat Advent wreath now located on my sidebar under ‘Net Stuff. I’d have it higher on my sidebar, but I don’t know how.

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…sort of. Drug companies are recruiting college cheerleaders to peddle drugs to physicians. You thought Hooters was unique?

Ms. Napier, 26, was a star cheerleader on the national-champion University of Kentucky squad, which has been a springboard for many careers in pharmaceutical sales. She now plies doctors’ offices selling the antacid Prevacid for TAP Pharmaceutical Products.

Ms. Napier says the skills she honed performing for thousands of fans helped land her job. "I would think, essentially, that cheerleaders make good sales people," she said.

Anyone who has seen the parade of sales representatives through a doctor’s waiting room has probably noticed that they are frequently female and invariably good looking. Less recognized is the fact that a good many are recruited from the cheerleading ranks.

Known for their athleticism, postage-stamp skirts and persuasive enthusiasm, cheerleaders have many qualities the drug industry looks for in its sales force. Some keep their pompoms active, like Onya, a sculptured former college cheerleader. On Sundays she works the sidelines for the Washington Redskins. But weekdays find her urging gynecologists to prescribe a treatment for vaginal yeast infection.

Here’s Onya in her part -time gig. Would you buy Viagra from this woman?



What will the drug companies think of next?

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Amy Welborn has written thoughtful commentary on the Vatican statement concerning gays and the priesthood. Among her observations are that much of the discussion around the document is not honest, and I’ll add that such dishonesty makes those of us who have ourselves been critical on some things coming out of Rome look like apologists. She adds:
Oh, and word to the self-identified "gay priests" who are all over NPR today. To right off the bat self-identify as "gay" is to indicate, pretty clearly, that something else other than Christ is at the center of your life. If your priest got up in the pulpit and proclaimed "I am a heterosexual priest," wouldn’t you go, uh…okay. Wouldn’t it indicate to you that something besides devotion to Christ and His Church was the lodestar, the guiding and motivating force in that guy’s life?
Among the comments:
Should we ordain ANY person whose underdeveloped emotional life or emotional woundedness is a stumbling block or a crutch that hinders their ability or desire to focus on Christ and on the care of the flock?
I agree on both counts. It isn’t about being gay, and it is a shame the Vatican saw it necessary to couch it in those terms. The formation of priesthood should include managing sexuality in a mature context, whether a priest is gay or straight. Someday, I hope they’ll end this ridiculous celibacy issue and have the discussion turn to married priests.

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