Archive for January, 2006
Some English-language reports on the dispute in Italy have suggested– inaccurately– that the Vatican would forbid quotations from the encyclical, or charge fees to journals that reproduced passages from the work.
Vatican officials explain that their goal is not to limit access to the Pope’s words, but to prevent "premature" publication of leaked documents, and to guard against exploitation of the Pope’s name.
We’ll see how this plays out. I remain skeptical.
The survey, conducted in 16 countries by Canadian romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises, asked men and women on six continents about traits they liked or disliked and how they went about trying to meet Mr. or Ms. Right.
The poll revealed differences between countries in the way people tried to impress the opposite sex.
Australians and British men frequently admitted drinking too much, while about half of German and Italian men said they had lied about their finances. Spaniards were the most likely to use sex to catch someone’s attention.
Eighty percent of Brazilian and Mexican men said they had lied about their marital or relationship status, as did 70 percent of German women, the survey said.
I’m not surprised by most of this, but 70 percent of German women lie about their marital status? Why? Are German chicks that promiscuous? Where have I been?
They unfortunately do not give a link to the findings, so I had to be content with their summary, which juggled intelligence, looks, money and a sense of humor throughout the many cultures. I have to say that people must lie on these things to a large degree or they give narrow choices. Men were apparently not given the option of a mute nymphomaniac, nor were women offered tall, wealthy, robotically romantic mind readers. That is certainly how things looked when I was single in the 90′s.
Here’s my take from my own "field work." Look at who you are with and you’ll see the best you could do. Those more cynical than I would tell you that whomever you are with is the least you were willing to settle for. It might be compatible neuroses. Perhaps it is varying ratios of all of those things. A business associate of mine put it a similar way when we were both discussing personal standards. "Look a a guy’s wife," he said "and that will tell you his minimum standard." I am a lucky guy, because, by his measure, I appear to have some pretty lofty standards. I know this much; she’s not with me for my height or my money.
The exiled political head of the radical Islamic group Hamas said Saturday in Damascus, Syria, that the group would adopt "a very realistic approach" toward governing the Palestinian Authority and would work with the Fatah president, Mahmoud Abbas, on an acceptable political program.
But the leader, Khaled Meshal, also said Hamas would not "submit to pressure to recognize Israel, because the occupation is illegitimate and we will not abandon our rights," nor would it disarm, but would work to create a unified Palestinian army.
If so, Israel will utterly crush them, and the only negotiated settlement will be with the widows, maimed survivors, and orphans. How sad that Meshal wants to engage in an unwinnable fight rather than draw upon the political leverage the election bestowed upon his group.
The investigation began this month when police became suspicious of ads in periodicals and newspapers that offered the exotic body massages.
From Monday through Saturday, I worked the dinner shift, showing up by 3:30 and usually staying past 11. I took care of just a few diners at first and many more as the week progressed.
And I learned that for servers in a restaurant as busy as the East Coast Grill, waiting tables isn’t a job. It’s a back-straining, brain-addling, sanity-rattling siege.
It is a fascinating article, and much of what he had to say in his radio interview to expand on the piece mirrored my own sentiments about the industry. People have no idea what goes into putting on a positive dining experience.
For the past few days I’ve been feverishly reorganizing my online photo gallery, and today added a bunch (19) of new "photos" (from video, actually) from Peru two years ago. I’ve set it up in a more hierarchical fashion, with mini-montages as previews, so you can pick and choose which photos you want to look at. It’s all explained at: http://andrewclem.com/Archives/Post.php?2006/01/27la.html
A judge who was widely vilified for giving a child molester a 60-day jail term imposed a new sentence Thursday, increasing the man’s prison time to three to 10 years.
Judge Edward Cashman said he felt he could now impose the longer sentence because the state had agreed to provide treatment to the man while he is behind bars. The state had initially said such treatment would not come until after the man served his time.
I’m sure that public pressure is not at all directly related to Judge Cashman changing his mind, but it may have factored in to the state’s offering treatment while the molester was in prison. Personally, I think three years is still a slap on the wrist for what this man did, but 60 days was beyond absurd.
I believe that light has been shed on a corner of the system that does not serve the citizenry. I hope Vermont passes Jessica’s Law, and soon. I hope New York does as well.
I am as hopeful as any for a peaceful solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. What has figured prominently is the idea that a silent majority of Palestinians abhor terrorism and simply want peace, making them sympathetic figures. But now, these people have given Hamas a victory in the election. Am I to believe that the Palestinians who want peace through diplomatic channels are in the minority? What message does that send to the rest of the world?
When Judge Edward Cashman sentenced a man to a 60-day prison sentence for sexually abusing a child, he said he wanted to make sure he got treatment that was unavailable to the criminal from inside a jail cell.
Ever since, he’s been vilified by television commentators, bloggers and others who say he was too soft.
Thursday, the case is scheduled to return to court, where the state hopes to convince Cashman to reconsider the sentence.
The state prosecutor, Robert Simpson, said in court papers that the 60-day jail time was insufficient to constitute punishment.
"This court’s sentence must consider and include punishment for the defendant’s action in repeatedly sexually assaulting this child," said Simpson.
The firestorm began when Cashman sentenced Mark Huelett, 34, who pleaded guilty to charges that he had sexual contact with a girl during a four-year period beginning when she was 6.
During the sentencing, Cashman said the best way to ensure public safety was to get Hulett out of prison so he could receive sex offender treatment. Because the Corrections Department concluded that Hulett wasn’t likely to reoffend, he wouldn’t be eligible to receive sex-offender treatment until he reached the end of his jail term.
The state has since offered to give the rapist treatment so that Cashman can stiffen the sentence without the treatment objection in play. People who side with Cashman’s original sentence cite that he has the details and we don’t. If you know of a detail that could possibly make my children safer than locking the guy up for 25 years and giving him treatment while incarcerated, do tell.
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