Archive for March, 2007

Communities v. Interest Groups

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on March 31, 2007 by castagnera

The furor over illegal immigration is reaching hurricane proportions here on our East Coast. The ACLU’s courtroom challenge of Hazleton, Pennsylvania’s illegal-immigrant ordinance concluded last week with the federal judge wondering out loud about “due process of law” issues. Meanwhile, in New Jersey two radio shock-jocks, known as the “Jersey Guys,” riled Hispanics with their “La Cuca Gotcha” campaign to collar illegal immigrants. Continue reading

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Sometimes “Sorry” Is Not Enough

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on March 24, 2007 by castagnera

George Washington’s birthday always reminds me of the grade-school story of his childhood confession. “I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.” Was L’il Georgy whipped? Not on your life… no, sir. He was commended for his forthright honesty. Continue reading

If You Could Read My Mind, Love…

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on March 16, 2007 by castagnera

“If you could read my mind, Love, what a tale my heart could tell,” sang Canadian folk-rocker Gordon Lightfoot several decades ago. Some think the singer-songwriter may soon have to revise his hit tune: “When you read my mind, Love, what a tale my heart will tell.” That’s how it’ll go if a group of German scientists have their way. Continue reading

Excited Delirium: Of Mice and Men

Posted in Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, Uncategorized on March 9, 2007 by castagnera

Once upon a time, when my daughter was only a little girl, a grackle somehow found its way down our chimney and into our living room hearth.  The greenish-black bird squawked and flapped, while Claire, a passionate animal lover, wailed and flapped a bit herself.  I rushed to the basement and returned wearing my welding gloves.  Armored almost to the elbows, I gingerly opened the glass grate and grabbed the grackle as gently as I could in a gloved hand.

      In the 20 seconds it took to carry the grackle from the fireplace to the front door, it died of fright in my right hand.  Opening the door, I tossed the carcass into a bush, while simultaneously pointing skyward with my free hand.  “There it goes,” I shouted, as Claire’s eyes followed my left hand.  “Where, Daddy?  I don’t see it.”  “It flew right up into those branches,” I assured her.  Later, while she played, I snuck outside and disposed of the dead grackle.

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Coping with that sinking feeling

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on March 3, 2007 by castagnera

Last week in Guatemala City a 330-foot-deep sinkhole swallowed a dozen homes. It even ate two kids. Officials blamed hard rains and underground sewage flowing from a ruptured main. Poor kids were flushed into eternity. You might think nobody should have to leave this world that way. I tend to disagree. Continue reading