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November 21st, 2002 No comments
Blogger: Broken, or Just Buggy?

I have just confirmed to my satisfaction that a “zero” edit of a template (going to the edit page, changing nothing, and then saving) does, in fact, trash the template.

This is entirely unacceptable.

(I know, youse gets what youse pays for sometimes …)

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November 7th, 2002 No comments

No longer beginning … I’m really hating Blogger template mangling …

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November 6th, 2002 No comments

Beginning … to … hate … Blogger … templates …

At least the HaloScan comments seem to work. I’ll have to try to recover template sanity later.

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“Definate Views”

November 5th, 2002 No comments
Roy Jacobsen points out a bit of wisdom in today’s Pibgorn comic.

Which led me to this gem from All Hallow’s Eve:

Repress the urge to sprout wings or self-ignite! … This man is an Episcopalian! … They have definate views.

(sigh) If only.

(see Spong, John Shelby, Borg, Marcus, and Williams, Abp. Rowan)

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November 5th, 2002 No comments
Wow

“Psst! Who are all these people coming through the blog, dad?”

“Don’t worry — they’re probably just friends of Mark.”

“Oh.”

Thanks to everyone who’s shown up to read the pro-life ad. And thanks to Mark Shea for the link.

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November 1st, 2002 No comments
The Pro-Life Ad I’d Like To See


[Scene: The reception area of some sort of medical facility. People
in scrubs are bustling about, looking grim and hurried. The
place is done in Institutional Drab, and the lighting makes
everything look a touch like the Twilight Zone.

Center on a teenage girl, maybe 15, stylishly
grungeish/punkish and with a few strategic piercings (extra
earrings, an eyebrow ring, something). She's obviously
exasperated, as is the nurse at the desk who is speaking to her.]

Nurse: "I'm sorry, but we really can't do this kind of elective
procedure with a minor without some sort of parental consent.
Not to mention insurance, contact for familiy doctor ..."

Girl: [Now looking a bit scared and panicky] "But I need to get this
done!"

Nurse: "I'm sorry, but those are the rules."

Girl: "But the counselor told me I wouldn't need that!"

Nurse: "Counselor?" [light bulb moment] "Oh! I thought you were
here for another piercing."

Girl: [Shakes head 'no'.]

Nurse: [Lowers voice, says more sympatheticaly] "Abortion?"

Girl: [Lowers eyes, nods 'yes'.]

Nurse: [Perks up a bit, puts a bit of forced cheerfulness in voice]
"Oh, you're at the wrong desk. Abortions are down that hall
and to the left. Just sign in there, they can take care of
you without any paperwork at all, as long as you can pay cash."

Girl nods, disappears down halway as we fade to black.

To make it a bit more election-oriented, we follow on with a white-text-on-black-background-with-voiceover, and the following:


"Ridiculous?"

"Jennifer Granholm doesn't think so."

"Abortion is a serious medical procedure, with risks of severe side
effects." [Insert scary medical statistics here.] "But Jennifer
Granholm supports giving abortionists an exception to the standards
that all other doctors and nurses must uphold.

"Leaving scared teenage girls to face the medical system and possibly
severe physical side effects -- alone."

"And Jennifer Granholm calls this 'women's health care'?"

"Let's elect a governor who'll really protect the health of the young
women of Michigan, by holding abortionists who practice on young girls
to the same high medical standards we expect for everyone. Vote Dick
Posthumus on November 5th."

(Paid for by nobody-at-all, because no one will ever actually make and air a commercial like this.)

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November 1st, 2002 No comments
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