November 7th, 2001



Too much craziness.

1. Bloomberg won. Which makes me 0-2 in recent elections. I can't believe the people of NYC can be so easily misled by some billionaire. It makes me sick. If people thought electing W was gonna be bad for the country, electing Bloomberg is the #1 reason why Canada suddenly looks even more appealing.

2. Baseball contraction/realignment. Why Minnesota and not, say, the Devil Rays? Plus, if the Twins and Expos actually do disappear, here's what will happen, according to ESPN:

Q: If Montreal and Minnesota fold, that leaves each league with an odd number of teams -- 13 in the American League, 15 in the National League. How is that resolved?

A: Realignment. Texas will move from the AL West to the AL Central, a plan that pleases Rangers owner Tom Hicks since it means more road games played within his team's own time zone, and potentially, improved TV ratings. Hicks disliked the unbalanced schedule as a member of the AL West since it meant too many late starts in Seattle, Oakland and Anaheim.

In the NL, Pittsburgh will move from the six-team Central to the NL East, filling the void left by the Expos.

And, in the biggest move of all, Arizona will move from the NL West to the AL West.

Q: Why Arizona? After all, weren't they just crowned NL champions, two weeks before becoming world champions?

A: Yes. But the Diamondbacks will be moved because they can be moved. When they were granted an expansion franchise, it was with the provision that they -- along with fellow expansionite Tampa Bay -- could be relocated without objection in their first five years.

That clock is ticking, and if the Diamondbacks aren't moved now, they could fight it in the future.

3. I hate work. And I'm tired of giving myself these half-hearted motivational speeches to make music my #1 priority again. Very frustrating.
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In a radical departure from my usual bitterness/tiredness/work-is-boring posts, I'd like to offer up a quick list of things that make me happy, in no particular order, because I'm in a pretty shitty mood.

1. Spicy tuna rolls
2. Hazelnut coffee
3. Spooning with the woman
4. Any sort of non-anthrax-related news
5. Not thinking about Mike Bloomberg
6. The new Dismemberment Plan record
7. My computer
8. Weekend morning brunches with the woman, especially if Eggs Benedict are involved.
9. Finishing the Daily News crossword puzzle in the 30 minutes it takes to get home from work
10. Paying the last bill, regardless of how broke it leaves me afterwards
11. Taking off the shrinkwrap from a new CD, DVD, or videogame
12. Frisbee dogs
13. Yankee games
14. The Daily Show, specifically Steve Carell
15. Tenacious D
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According to

Attorney General John Ashcroft sought to override the nation�s only law allowing assisted suicide, declaring that taking the life of a terminally ill patient is not a �legitimate medical purpose� for federally controlled drugs.

DOCTORS WHO use such drugs to help patients die, as permitted under the Oregon law, face suspension or revocation of their licenses to prescribe federally controlled drugs, Ashcroft said in a letter sent to Drug Enforcement Administration chief Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday.

The order does not call for criminal prosecution of doctors. And it does stipulate that pain management is a valid medical use of controlled substances.

�Given everything that the country is going through right now, with the country trying to respond to anthrax, why John Ashcroft picked this moment to inject this divisive issue into the public debate is just beyond me,� said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.

A spokesman for the Oregon attorney general�s office said the state will file motions in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday seeking to block the order.

But some religious groups and anti-abortion organizations hailed the move by Ashcroft, whose nomination as attorney general nearly was scuttled by critics who said his strong conservative views would color his judgment.

White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said President Bush had made it clear he opposed Oregon�s law. �The president believes we must value life and protect the sanctity of life at all stages,� Lisaius said.

At least 70 terminally ill people have ended their lives since the Oregon law took effect in 1997, according to the Oregon Health Division. All have done so with a federally controlled substance such as a barbiturate.

Under the law, doctors may provide � but not administer � a lethal prescription to terminally ill adult state residents. It requires that two doctors agree the patient has less than six months to live, has voluntarily chosen to die and is able to make health care decisions.

Oregon Death With Dignity and other proponents of the law complained the federal government was trampling on a states-rights issue. Oregon voters have twice approved referendums to allow physician-assisted suicides.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Ashcroft�s order �is undoing Oregon�s popular will in the most undemocratic manner possible. ... Americans in every corner of the nation are going to suffer needlessly.�