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More Newsworthy “Quick Hits” (1/23/08) January 24, 2008

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Again I figured to take a bit of time to provide some brief comment on recent news items…this is actually recent vs. my last posting which was written two weeks prior:

Rick Majerus and the Catholics
If you haven’t heard already, St. Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus said in a TV interview that he supported a women’s right to choose in cases of abortion. It wasn’t the primary topic as it has just come up in political conversations, but he’s pro-choice. No big deal, right? Well, Archbishop Raymond Burke jumped into the fray, stating that the university needs to discipline him. You see, this is a Catholic university…and even though college is where everyone is encouraged to grow, learn and express themselves, apparently you are not allowed to express any views that contradict the religion. Also, Majerus is a Catholic himself. OH, THE HORRORS!!! Apparently the university had issued a statement that this was simply an individual opinion, but that probably won’t stop those nutty religious zealots from trying to persecute him for, you know, having personal and reasonable thoughts. Hey, I grew up Catholic and am a product of Jesuit-run higher education – and it’s stupid things like this which has helped me see the fallacies that are tied up in all religions. The fact that this actually made national news is nothing short of a odd joke. Ironically, the more we let religion dictate our lives, the less people seem to be able to live together peacefully. If we truly live in a free society, this whole incident should blow over without any problems…and college basketball coaches can get back to coaching without fear of religious persecution. It truly boggles the mind…

Heath Ledger
As of this writing all drug tests are inconclusive though it appears it was an accidental overdose of sleeping pills or some derivative of it. Rumor has it that he was having tremendous trouble sleeping and they found all sorts of prescription medication in his room. Sleeping problems at 28? When I was that age, I found that about a dozen beers tended to do the trick for me. I know the guy has been in many movies and seemed like a pretty good actor and person, so it’s sad to see this sort of thing happen. What’s odd is that as of today I’ve heard that some religious figureheads have come out to condemn Heath, stating that he’s now getting just punishment for his sins. They would of course be referring to his starring role in the gay cowboy film “Brokeback Mountain”, a movie that admittedly I really have no interest in seeing though heard it was quite good. But wait – there are people who are actually glad to see him dead for this? He was ACTING, and it was a fucking movie you psychos! I guess if he was a basketball coach at a Catholic university, they would have changed his name to Damien! Anyway, whatever they end up finding out about this death, it doesn’t bring him back. He leaves a small child behind, which in the big picture is the real tragedy.

Super Bowl XLII
(primarily the Packers not making it there)
The foregone conclusion was the Patriots getting there, and they’re now one step away from shutting up the old curmudgeons from the ’72 Dolphins team for good. It was tough for me to pick an NFC favorite in the title game as I dislike both teams, but inevitably I was glad to see the Packers fall short of that goal. I watched the game out at my favorite sports bar, and seeing several Packers fans actually shed tears after that loss really warmed my heart! Sure, Favre in the big game for what perhaps would have been his last game had nationwide appeal, but as a long time die-hard Bears fan I simply cannot support the team Green Bay. Bears fans rooting for the Packers is about the equivalent Yankees fans cheering for the Red Sox. It doesn’t matter that they’re in the same division or the same conference, there is no fan-by-attrition, it just doesn’t happen. As for many of the so-called Bears fans who actually chose to cheer for the Packers, you better start questioning your loyalties. Shame, shame, shame on you – unless of course you respect Favre, wanted to see him make it to one more championship game but get trounced…that would probably have been OK!

The Stock Market
Housing loan problems, worries about the economy, trade deficits, weakening dollar, interest rate cuts, etc. etc. etc….it’s adding up to chaos in the stock market. My suggestion is that anyone who has good amounts of investments just don’t look at the results for now…otherwise you’ll end up so worried you can’t sleep, turn to sleep aids and end up like Heath Ledger. Sorry, bad joke but probably not far from the truth for some people. The nice thing about the market is that it bounces back, and calmer heads almost always prevail. Take a step back, a deep breath, and be sure you’ve hedged your investments in other areas! I hear you can get some really good deals in real estate nowadays…