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Spewing for Mahony

Neumayr excommunicated. Plus seatbelts, Sandy Ego, California, Lying Hillary, NBA Finality, loving Tyson, and TAP's privately commissioned Barnard Poll of taxpayer preferences.

6.6.03

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LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Re: George Neumayr's Cardinal Stonewaller:

You can almost hear Neumayr frothing at the mouth in this column. He hates gays; he hates Vatican II; he hates contemporary Catholic education; he hates the liturgy in languages that people can understand; he hates the new cathedral; and he hates Cardinal Mahony. I wouldn't be surprised if he also hates air conditioning, automobiles, telephones and indoor plumbing, too.

Neumayr is a garden variety bandwagoner who is taking advantage of the sexual abuse situation to get in a few cheap, free swings at the church. He even admits to that near the end of his column! The column itself is so full of inaccuracies and falsehoods that it sets new, lower standards for journalistic irresponsibility.

When it comes to his misinformed and specious claims that the church is not seeking reconciliation and healing, Neumayr might as well be talking about himself. He doesn't give a hoot what happens to victims, as long as he gets to use them to pummel the church back into the 14th century, where he undoubtedly believes it should have stayed.

The church will continue to reach out to help victims heal, and it will resist the exploitation of this episode in our church's history by medievalists like George Neumayr.
-- Tod M. Tamberg
Office of Media Relations
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

BELT WAYS
Re: Jeremy Lott's Crash Test Dummies:

I couldn't agree with your seat belt article more. Seat belts have become yet another intrusive campaign by the "Nanny State" for our own good. When the state of Maryland first passed its mandatory seat belt law here, we were assured that policemen (policepersons?) would not pull us over for not buckling up, although they might issue a ticket for just that if a malefactor were pulled over for something else. Oh, yeah, I was reassured. Sure enough, on the recommendation of regulators trying to justify their salaries, the law got tightened up a few years later.

Now we have "Click it or ticket," which is both a sentence fragment and a guarantee that you are not safe from the state while otherwise legally trundling down the road eating your hamburger, combing your hair and talking on your cell phone. What's next? Cameras at intersections that automatically send out tickets if you have not strapped on your vehicle, if your hands are not at the 10-2 position and if you are not wearing sun glasses to counteract the glare? Oops! Forget I said that; we don't want to give the do-gooders any more ideas.
-- S. Craig Taylor, Jr.

PERFECT LIES
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.'s Living Hillary:

You wrote a great column on Hillary's claims about when she first learned of Clinton's affair with Monica. Of all her many misrepresentations over the years, this is the most flamboyant, the most defiantly in-your-face, surpassing even her account of how she made $100,000 in her one and only venture into the futures market. But, sorry to have to say, she'll get away with this one, just as she got away with the others.
-- Fred Asselin
East Hampton, NY

Your article regarding Hillary Clinton's new book and her propensity for untruths is marvelous. I hope it is disseminated far and wide. I know I am going to do my part.
-- Carol Pollard
San Francisco, CA

HIRELINGS
Re: Wlady Pleszczynski's All Kidding Aside:

"Paul Silas gets fired by New Orleans, and is quickly scooped up by Cleveland. Larry Brown quits Philadelphia and a week later is hired by Detroit. Maurice Cheeks wants to leave Portland to coach Philadelphia (which would create a tenth opening)."

Notice the hierarchy of hirings though. Paul Silas gets the worst possible job due to his being fired from an average team for an average record and probably his age and/or financial status.

Larry Brown, having earned respect over the last 31 years, goes to a team better than the one he left behind. This smacks of European soccer, only instead of Milan and Juve we have Allen the juvenile.

Mo Cheeks is being repaid for his ability to relatively tame his Portland crew which has had more arrests than the gang on "The Sopranos." He'll be counted to subdue Allen Iverson into attending practice.

With the top two teams recordwise filling their vacancies, the also-rans have to depend on the also-ran coaches or simply ante up for the targets of their desires who are otherwise ambivalent about going to New Orleans, Los Angeles or Toronto.

"Average former coaches like Mike Fratello and Jeff Van Gundy are suddenly in great demand. Even Mike Dunleavy, a lousy former coach, is in line to be hired for one of the new jobs. Go figure."

Wlady, I'd have to disagree on these coaches. Given the talent of their teams, all of the above had done as well as can be expected and that should be the only thing that counts. You can't squeeze the NBA championships out of turn-ups, AKA the NY Knicks backcourt.

And, as far as Detroit is concerned, I hope Larry Brown leaves them quicker than his brother Herb ( which sounds like a character from the Simpsons). I know if I had a home in Malibu, I would have.
-- Dan Leo
Miami Beach, FL

This may seem like a quibble, but do you normally blog about teevee shows almost nobody watches? The NBA finals got a six rating in the Nielsen fast nationals. They ranked third or fourth in each half-hour.

For the overwhelming majority of people who don't watch the games, you might want to do some Dick-and-Jane stuff. Like which teams are playing, who the most important players are, how they got to the finals, why they're playing in the middle of June...basic stuff. Your blog reads like hieroglyphics without a Rosetta stone for most of us.
-- Casey Abell

GREEN ZONES
Re: David Ross's Man Is the Endangered Species

The David Ross article was on the mark. I have been involved in the wet lands buffer issue on a 4-lot split. We have done extensive research on the buffer issue and have found no scientific evidence to support the need for any buffers. San Diego County initially required a 200 foot buffer and the Fire District added another 100 foot. This wiped out the entire project. The interesting question is, who in the County government is directing its environmental agenda?

More articles like this are needed.
-- Granger Haugh

After having lived in North San Diego County for ten years during the 70's and having witnessed the first expansions of mass housing, condo's, real estate development and the draconian California Coastal Commission, I read with resigned, head-shaking amusement the comic opera which continues amid some of the most valuable, overpopulated, and beautiful land on the continent.

It appears the day will soon be upon Sandy Ego when one will no longer be allowed to transfer deed of ownership if English is one's primary language. Of course, that's assuming the environmental hug police still allow the private ownership of property.
-- Stephen "Doc" Watson

Maybe the greens should check out Malibu where Barbra Streisand lives. The link below shows an aerial view of B.S.'s home overlooking the ocean. Zoom in on the photo and check out that big ol' pipe sticking out of the cliff right below her property (at left of her property). God only knows what evil bilge pours from that pipe, infecting the beach and ocean below. Click here: California Coastal Records Project -- Aerial Photographs of the California Coastline.
-- Kitty Myers
Painted Post, NY

FINAL ROUND
Re: jimi izrael's Saving Mike Tyson:

Mr. izrael, I'm glad you wrote this column. I am not a sports fan, nor a Tyson fan, but I have a sick feeling this man is going under with no one to help him.

That tattoo on his face gives me this irrational thought that he has surrendered to becoming more demon and less a man. I hope there is someone who loves Mr. Tyson who will help him.
-- Bill Zerbe

THE BARNARD POLL
Re: Warren Engelberg's "Double Steal" letter in Reader Mail's Things Are Looking Up:

I truly feel sorry for the likes of Warren Engelberg. His delusions are getting the best of him. As is typical with certain liberals, he cites a figure that he admits he cannot back up with a source. This in turn allows his little mind to throw out his unsubstantiated rhetoric. ("I have read, sorry I can't quote the original source, 80% of Americans want increased taxes and greater entitlements.")

So I decided to do a little research for the poor soul. Something I rarely do since I feel liberals should be forced to produce their own facts. Anyway, here is what I found doing Google searches on "taxes versus services polls" and "tax cuts or more services polls," etc. I found many references, most dated somewhat, and then wrote an e-mail to John Zogby asking for advice on similar polls.

-- April 2002 Marist College poll in New York; 55% prefer cuts in state jobs (35%) and/or services (20%) versus 30% that want to raise taxes.

-- April 2002 Quinnipiac College poll in New York; 52% cut services and 34% raise taxes.

-- 2000 Florida International University (Institute for Public Opinion Research) poll; 49.2% cut services and 50.8% raise taxes.

-- December 2002 Quinnipiac College poll in New Jersey; 61% cut services while only 28% said raise taxes.

-- January 31, 2003 KAET Arizona poll; 33% cut programs, 32% sale or lease state owned assets with 20% wanting to increase taxes.

-- March 10, 2003 Mason-Dixon poll for Florida; 49% to 45% willing to raise taxes for healthcare only but large margins opposed to raising taxes for public safety and public education.

None of the polls I found (and I'm still looking, especially for more national polls which I know favor less taxes and less services over more taxes and more services) come even close to Mr. Engelberg's 80% figure except for one:

A May 15, 2003 poll taken by the Sun-Sentinel for the state of Florida. But the wording is highly biased and unscientific since it was an Internet poll.

"Legislators are ready to enact $300 million in tax cuts to business and wealthier residents, even as they slash spending in education, social programs and arts to balance the budget. Right or wrong?

80.0% - Wrong. They shouldn't hand out tax breaks when they're having to cut essential programs. (2865 responses)

20.0% - Right. These tax cuts will help the economy, and the intangibles tax cut was previously promised to residents. (718 responses)"

Nice try, Warren. Now who lives in a bubble?
-- Greg Barnard
Franklin, TN

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