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July 29, 2005

El árbitro es un idiota

Posted by Paul Chesser at 3:40 PM


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Posted by Paul Chesser at 2:59 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill grad, baseball scribe, and former Jeff MacNelly roommate Peter Gammons enters the Hall of Fame this weekend, and honors him by re-publishing his account of probably the greatest game ever played.

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Just remember, UNC's budget is cut to the bone, with only the essentials left ...

Posted by Jon Sanders at 1:12 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill seeks a full-time director of its Women's Center. It's been getting by with a part-time director, but that's not good enough, of course. Why is it not good enough? This Chapel Hill Herald article explains:

The addition of a full-time director is expected to lend some legitimacy; many large universities already have full-time staffs directing similar women's centers, said Provost Robert Shelton, whose office funds the endeavor.

"I think we've been behind the curve," Shelton said. "In order to do this seriously, we need a full-time director."

Ah, the Everybody-Does-It justification for new or expanded programs that is so compelling to administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill during Lean Budget Years (that is, every year).

But let's take a look at why UNC needs to do that "seriously." The introductory paragraphs of the article provide ample reason to question. That wasn't the point of those paragraphs, however — the point was to show the Women's Center that You've Come a Long Way, Baby.

After all, look at the struggle the Women's Center had to overcome in its first year:

In the beginning, people didn't even quite understand that UNC's new women's center was entirely separate from another, similarly named entity across town.

The problem was, there already was such a center, named, appropriately, "The Women's Center." It was and still is located on Henderson Street and has, since 1979, been a resource for women across the Triangle.

The Carolina Women's Center, created in 1997, struggled at first to break from the shadows and establish its own identity.

Five years later it has done just that, growing enough in popularity that the university is now seeking its first full-time director -- an indication of the center's success.

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Re: Is Bono really a Christian?

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 11:42 AM

Bono at least seems familiar with C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. (pp40-41)

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RE: CAFTA votes

Posted by Matt Mittan at 11:07 AM

Rep. Charles Taylor was on my program yesterday (Take A Stand! - and was very adamant about the fact that he did indeed vote on CAFTA - he voted "no". Regardless of what people's feelings are on CAFTA, I am concerned about this moving forward with such a close vote where a known voting error occured. Also, Rep. Davis (R-VA) - who was to vote against CAFTA - was kept from the vote due to severe and dangerous weather. If my math is right, between Taylor and Davis' votes being counted (no) - CAFTA doesn't pass! Thoughts?

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Is Bono really a Christian?

Posted by Paul Chesser at 11:03 AM

You judge.

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Real Econ Development

Posted by Jeff A. Taylor at 10:36 AM

Look-ee here, a company is moving its IT department from New Jersey to Charlotte. Amount of incentives Skanska USA will receive to relocate? None. Nada. Zippy.

So it can happen.

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Even drug lords care about their customers

Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:27 AM

"Osama bin Laden tried to buy a massive amount of cocaine, spike it with poison and sell it in the United States, hoping to kill thousands of Americans one year after the 9/11 attacks," the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Now, I don't know what to make of that story — sounds rather fanciful to me. My reason for posting it now is the story's second sentence: "The evil plot failed when the Colombian drug lords bin Laden approached decided it would be bad for their business."

Confiscatory American "liberals" would have you believe that legal industries — such as tobacco companies and fast food — not only don't care if they kill off their customers, but actively seek it, and therefore it's the libs' duty to "protect" consumers from them ... at a hefty sum, taken from you for your own good, of course.

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Liver for a Life

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 09:53 AM

A young woman in New York is in desperate need of a full liver transplant if she is to live until her wedding on October 15--her liver shut down July 20. Fortunately, she has good friends in the PR industry who are making a concerted effort on her behalf in New York and the national news media. The full story of Shari Kurzok, and the requirements for a liver are here.

The entire campaign so far is to find a liver from someone who recently died. The family of that person would have to make an act of supreme charity despite their grief. For all of the support Shari Kurzok and her family have received, there is little anyone can do because there is no market for organs (PDF). Imagine if people could learn about a case like this, and contribute to a fund to purchase a liver. Until then, we can only make her story known and pray for Shari and all those like her who need organs.

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Yesterday's Grim Asylums, Tomorrow's Grand Apartments ...

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 07:54 AM

.... is the title of 7/27/05 WSJ article on converting State Mental Hospitals to high-end apartments and condos. The article ponders whether people will find these places (popularized in horror movies) to be too scary or just real cool. In an ongoing poll on on the plans for Dix Hospital; the majority want to keep it as a mental hospital. But elsewhere, developers are paying the states enough money for the property to allow the state to build other facilities for the mentally ill. Deinstitutionalization is not proving to be a good idea. Interesting note was that the South Carolina mental hospital was designed to block out moonlight, which was thought to exacerbate some mental conditions.

If I arrange to get a tour of Dorothy Dix, anyone want to join me?

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