And the beat goes on…

From CNN.com:

Belgian bishop quits over child sex abuse – CNN.com: Belgian bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe has resigned after admitting to sexually abusing a child, a spokesman for the Brussels bishop said Friday.

Is there an end it sight? Will the Pope and the church take the drastic actions that are truly necessary? Probably not. It’s time for a house cleaning, starting at the top. The college of cardinals should appoint a special independent investigator to look into all the allegations and take appropriate (meaning defrocking, handing over to authorities, excommunicating, etc.) actions on anyone found to be guilty of this sort of abuse, or of covering it up, which is actually the graver sin. As [[Roger Ebert]] said, the abuser is sick, the one who covers up for the abuser is evil.

Howto Close a Budget Gap

From George Will:

Bringing Thunder-ous change to New Jersey: He inherited a $2.2 billion deficit, and next year’s projected deficit of $10.7 billion is, relative to the state’s $29.3 billion budget, the nation’s worst. Democrats, with the verbal tic — “Tax the rich!” — that passes for progressive thinking, demanded that he reinstate the “millionaire’s tax,” which hit “millionaires” earning $400,000 until it expired Dec. 31. Instead, Christie noted that between 2004 and 2008 there was a net outflow of $70 billion in wealth as “the rich,” including small businesses, fled. And he said previous administrations had “raised taxes 115 times in the last eight years alone.”

So he closed the $2.2 billion gap by accepting 375 of 378 suggested spending freezes and cuts. In two weeks. By executive actions. In eight weeks he cut $13 billion — $232 million a day, $9 million an hour. Now comes the hard part.

Exactly! Closing a budget gap CANNOT mean raising taxes in this economy. The only responsible thing for government to do is what struggling families are forced to do: tighten their belt. Without needing laws to be passed, and simply by executive order, he managed to trim $13 billion from the budget??? [Why can’t Deval Patrick do this](http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/mass_gov_deval_patrick_propose.html)?

Tiger’s Dad is Darth?

From SciFiWire.com:

Infamous Tiger Woods Nike ad mashed up with Darth Vader: As soon as we saw that bizarre, often-spoofed Nike commercial in which Tiger Woods stared off into the distance while listening to the voice of his late father, Earl, we immediately realized the cause of all Tiger’s recent troubles.

This is hilarious. Instead of “…did you learn anything?” we get “… you don’t know the POWER of the dark side.”

Once Again, Golfer Shows Us The Way

From BBC.com:

BBC – Iain Carter: Davis and Davies inspire despite near misses: The sudden death shoot-out effectively ended when the Englishman alerted a rules official to the possibility that he may be liable to a two-stroke penalty for moving a loose impediment in a hazard on the backswing of his third shot on the first extra hole.

Brian Davis essentially handed the tournament to Jim Furyk by calling a penalty on himself for an infraction that nobody else saw. Can you imagine that in the NBA, NFL, or NHL? I think not. His response when asked about it?

It’s one of those things, it’s what you do, it’s what makes our sport so special… But I couldn’t live with myself if you don’t call it on yourself

Wouldn’t all sports be better if the professionals behaved like professionals instead of punks?

Vatican Forgives the Beatles?

From UltimateGuitar.com:

Vatican Finally Forgives The Beatles For Religious Comment: An article in the L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, praised the band saying Lennon’s comment is now considered “meaningless” because of the beauty found in the group’s songs.

Well, at least it take 300 years like it did for Galileo!

Uh…. and Ringo, referring to the clerical sex abuse scandal, followed this up with:

Didn’t the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic? And they’ve still forgiven us?” he said. “I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.

Yah think??? Hey!, today is the Pope’s birthday. Maybe he’ll give the world a present and resign for the good of the church? Maybe? Right, probably not.

Oh, and for the record, if you watch the interview and listen to John Lennon say it, he was not bragging that the Beatles were somehow bigger, or better, or more important that Jesus. He was lamenting the fact that they seemed to be for the youth of that time, and that it was kind of crazy.

Carbs boost heart disease risk in women

From CNN.com:

White bread, rice, and other carbs boost heart disease risk in women: Women who eat more white bread, white rice, pizza, and other carbohydrate-rich foods that cause blood sugar to spike are more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than women who eat less of those foods, a new study suggests.

Only carbohydrates with a high glycemic index appear to hurt the heart. Carbs with a low glycemic index — such as fruit and pasta — were not associated with an increased risk of heart disease, which suggests that the increased risk is caused “not by a diet high in carbohydrates, but by a diet rich in rapidly absorbed carbohydrates,” says the lead author of the study, Sabina Sieri, of the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, a national institute for cancer research in Milan, Italy.

Well, if you’ve read either [[Mark’s Daily Apple]] or his great Primal Blueprint book, or the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taube, you already knew this. Humans did not evolve eating the by-products of wheat, rye, rice, or other grains, and as such have not adapted to them. We evolved eating animals, vegetables, fruits, tubers, and nuts. Avoid grains and grain by-products, and sugars that have been extracted from the food they were in, eat lots of animals and plants, and you’ll be far healthier than you would be on the diet recommended by the USDA…. hmmm…. did you ever wonder why grains and cereals are the base of the USDA pyramid?? Could it possibly be related to the huge number of farmers that grow grains and cereals have a strong lobby in Washington??? Or is that too cynical?

Phil Green, Everyone Else has Envy

FANTASTIC final day of the [[Masters]]!

Phil Mickelson shot a bogey free round to capture his 3rd green jacket.

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His name now goes along side such legends of the game as Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, and Jimmy Demerret as a three time winner. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. He completely deserve the win, making gutsy plays and never backing down.

The Eagle has Landed for Mickelson!

OMG! What a third day!! From Phil going -5 in a 3 hole stretch, and missing -6 by about an inch, to [[Tiger]] having a very tough day, but still managing to keep pace with the leaders, and Lee Westwood holding it together to keep his lead, it was a spectacular moving day at the [[Masters]].

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Phil getting an eagle on 13, holing out for eagle on 14, and nearly holing out for eagle on 15 has to be the greatest three hole stretch in [[Masters]], if not golf history.

I hope this is a preview of what’s coming for Sunday.

Ahhh…. spring is finally here!

Couples and Tigers and Watsons Oh My!

What an awesome first day at the [[Masters]]!

Who’d have thunk it! Couples leading after the first day, and Watson just a stroke back? Is this 1990? The putt that Couples made on 12 and the approach on 18 were like the good old days. Is it possible that Watson can be in contention on Sunday like last year’s British Open?

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And how about [[Tiger]]? OK… I’m not gonna comment on his life outside golf (despicable… oops, that’s a comment!), but with all the distractions and negativity surrounding him, he still manages to post his lowest score for an opening round in the [[Masters]] ever??? The guy is absolutely amazing. The approach on 8 was amazing, but the recovery on 9 was downright unreal.

God I love the [[Masters]]!!!