Sunday, December 26, 2004

Damn! It's hard to fathom this many people being killed so fast by an act of nature.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=1&u=/ap/20041227/ap_on_re_as/indonesia_earthquake

Saturday, December 25, 2004

R.I.P. Gary Webb
1955 - 2004

America owes you a debt of gratitude that we'll never be able to fully repay. Here's hoping the next world brings you the kind of comfort you were never able to find in this one.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/121304.html

Monday, December 20, 2004

President George W. Bush commented today that the bombings in Iraq, "are having an effect."

Well, duh!!!

Of course, they're having an effect. I could have told him that months ago.

Is the President really that out of the loop? I mean, I've heard that the CIA is having some problems getting information to him, but come on.

What's next? Is he going to remark that gravity is having an effect?

Somebody needs to buy that man a newspapers subscription.
There's a rumor floating around town that the Illitch family is prepared to sell the Detroit Tigers.

Personally, I think it's amazing that they would consider selling the Tigers when they also refuse to sell the former Madison-Lennox Hotel to someone who is interested in doing something with the property.

The phrase "more money than brains" comes screaming to mind.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

RIP: Agnes Mary Mansour

Agnes Mary Mansour, a nun with the Sisters of Mercy, past presidentof Mercy College and former director of the Michigan Department of Social Services, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. She was 73 years of age; still as fiesty as she was when shebattled entrenched bureaucrats, politicians and even the Vatican.

I had the privilege of recording one of her lectures at Wayne State University and incorporating it into my first documentary, which focused on the ethical implications of the Gulf War. She was an intellectual giant who held a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She also had a deeper dedication to serving the poor than any person I've ever met.

Reading her obitutary though, I learned things about her that I never knew. When she was director of M-DSS, she sent her entire salary to the Sisters of Mercy, taking only a $600 monthly stipend from her order. This relationship was incredible, in my opinion, because Sister Agnes was on the outs at the time with the Vatican since her department provided abortions to poor women.

It's also incredible because it's rare for nuns to publically contradict or otherwise dispute anything that the Vatican says.

You can read her obituary at: http://www.freep.com/news/obituaries/mansour18e_20041218.htm

Her passing is a tremendous loss. She was one of the greats and will be missed.