Random Ramblings

Although network TV this morning would lead you to believe that absolutely nothing is happening in the world except for the Pope’s failing health (seriously folks, does the entire broadcast on ALL major networks have to be devoted to this? The whole world isn’t Catholic, you know), there are a few things going on worth mentioning:

1 – I’ve been so proud to be from Massachusetts the past two years. And within the past two days, my state has done me proud once again. Our house and senate has approved embryonic stem cell research. Initially, the concern was that Governor Romney could veto the bill, but since it passed by such an overwhelming number, he won’t be able to. I think this is great news for potentially finding cures or treatments for disease, but also a financial windfall for the state. Still, I don’t doubt that he’ll try to find ways to obstruct things.

2 – Boston’s Opera House re-opened last year after having been boarded up for decades. It was returned to its original glory and the Lion King was its first (very succesful) production. Now its owner, mega-rich Clear Channel, has sold naming rights to Citizens Bank. My original hope was that they’d call it Citizens Opera House or Citizens Theatre (which has a nice “welcome all” ring to it as well as providing Citizens with name recognition). Nope – the name is going to be Citizens Bank Theater. ugh – how tacky. Why can’t they leave out the word Bank? So let’s see, the Boston Garden became the Fleet Center and then became TD BankNorth Garden (yuck). Great Woods became the Tweeter Center. Foxboro Stadium became Gillette Center. I’m so sick of naming rights.

3 – I’m also sick of politicians (lately, Republicans) demanding that every judge that disagrees with them be terminated. First President Bush complains because “activist judges” determined that denying gay marriage is unconstitutional. Now Tom DeLay (R-Texas) wants all of the judges that disagreed with him regarding poor Terri Schiavo be removed from the bench. Is this how it works now? Now that Republicans rule the house, senate and presidency they can just go about firing people with different opinions?

4 – An elderly disabled man was in front of the Fleet Center (excuse me, TD BankNorth Garden) this morning selling newspapers. People weren’t buying any so he started creating his own headlines to get people to buy papers. My favorite was “The Pope gets married – read about it in the Boston Globe”. It didn’t appear to help him with sales, but I noticed it put a few smiles on people’s faces.


  1. Comment by Will on April 1, 2005 11:18 am

    Yes, he actually IS getting married. But I hear she’s a little gold digger who just wants him for the big art collection and the villa in the mountains, and figures she’ll inherit REALLY fast.

    I am SO going to hell.

  2. Comment by Karl on April 1, 2005 11:21 am

    Hey, Will! Well, you’ll be in good company! hehe

  3. Comment by chrispy on April 1, 2005 12:38 pm

    if massachusetts exports EVEN MORE people to DC, is would almost be like we live in the same city.LOL. i swear, all the new transplants are from boston!

  4. Comment by Will on April 1, 2005 1:04 pm

    Oh, I’m not waiting until I get SENT to hell, I’ve already got tickets and and arranged for really good accomodations. Like you say, Karl–all the best people!

  5. Comment by jeff on April 1, 2005 1:09 pm

    Between the Schaivo stuff and the Pope, you’d think that there isn’t anything else in the world and probably (and this is the scary part) most people in the US think this way.

  6. Comment by adamg on April 1, 2005 3:25 pm

    One of the problems with DeLay’s comments was that one could easily read it as a call to gun down federal judges.


  7. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on April 1, 2005 4:08 pm

    You can bet it’s Anna Nicole who’s marrying the Pope. Seems her type!

  8. Comment by jeff on April 1, 2005 4:34 pm

    Of course DeLay denied that when Kennedy’s office called him on it…

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