Archive for November 28th, 2005

…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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Appreciation yields appreciation.

My blog is worth $64,357.56.
How much is your blog worth?

This represents quite an increase since November 11, just 17 days ago:

My blog is worth

How much is your

blog worth?

Obviously, even with my limited knowledge of Technocrati I know being honored by Kip 11/23 had nothing to do with this but I like the coincidence all the same.

Today also marks the first time this blog has reached the level of Marauding Marsupial in the TTLB Ecosystem. Thanks to all the folks who read my informal therapy. Thanks also to Kip for the acknowledgement, and of course to the drunken lesbian cheerleaders

Update: This shows how much I know. A Marauding Marsupial is ranked lower than a Large Mammal in the TTLB Ecosystem. NZ Bear is revamping the ranking system as we speak.

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Camp Katrina writes how it appears that "insurgent attacks" on US troops are now reported with selected facts omitted. And these details always seem to soften the malevolence of the terrorists or the nobility of the soldier’s mission.

This is not the first time this has happened. Remember this?

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I have been blogging for about a year
now. I took a while to understand what
a trackback was. I learned what a
blogroll was after a short time. I think
I know what they mean by a "carnival,"
although I could be mistaken. But for
the life of me, I still don’t get the typical
"blog layout," which has all that white
space in the margins of most blogs I
read, forcing the text to a strip in the
middle, less than half the page width.
Why is it so necessary to have all that
blank space on either side of the margin
and for the text field to be so narrow?
Is it easier to read a paragraph when
the reader has to go down a line
every 5 words? If anyone knows
the answer I’d love it if they would
be kind enough to share it with me.

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This may have been before the people arrived.

C’mon folks.  She annoys me as much as the rest of you but let’s not create our own facts. I’ll be happy to be wrong, but if we subordinate accuracy to debating points we surrender the high ground.

AP – Sat Nov 26, 1:51 PM ET
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan waits for people to show up at her book signing near President Bush’s ranch on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Crawford, Texas.Sheehan called for anti-war activists to return to Crawford this week as Bush celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
I could be wrong, but the implication of the caption is that the event may not have begun at the time the photo was taken.
Update: The Political Teen makes a good point:
Well said- obviously this is thought out observation and not knee jerk opportunism. IF there were a big turnout the AP would have hyped it.

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