Scott Rubush is a recovering journalist living in West Chester, PA. He is a native of York, PA, and grew up in Cary, NC. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Scott has an extensive background in writing and politics. He is Publisher Emeritus of Carolina Review, and a former associate editor of the Los Angeles-based website FrontPageMagazine.com. He currently works as a grant-writer for an educational foundation in Wilmington, Del.
:: Sunday, September 28, 2003 ::
Eco-Feminist-Veganism at Harvard
The always-astute J. Justin Wilson of the Collegiate Network travels to Cambridge, MA, to provide this first-hand account of the latest academic nonsense to come out of Harvard:
...I went to hear Carol Adam’s discuss her new book, "The Pornography of Meat." Adams presentation, which was actually a slideshow, was an example of everything that is wrong with postmodernist feminist thought. [...]
For instance, consider an advertisement (similar to this) for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse featuring a beautiful filet mignon with a slice removed, accompanied by parsley and asparagus. I thought it looked like a delicious dinner, but according to Adams, the advertisement is “sexualized” with the meat representing a vagina, the parsley, pubic hair, and the asparagus, a penis.
Later in the lecture she connected meat to racism, homophobia, and speciesism. In the end, she concluded that the feminist and vegetarian movements were fighting the same enemy, the white, cultured, meat-eating man. I couldn’t help but laugh.
That's right, folks: I ran the Philadelphia Distance Run this morning, and finished in 2,417th place out of roughly 7,000 runners with a finishing time of 1:49.10. I managed to hold a steady 8-minute mile pace into the 10th mile--which really surprised me. All those weeks of running this summer are finally starting to pay dividends.
Marine Corps Marathon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
Friends, I’d like to get serious for a moment and request your support for an exciting project that I’ve been involved with for the past few months.
On October 26, I’m planning to join hundreds of other people from around the country in running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As part of this effort, I have pledged to raise $1,000 before September 30 to support the Hospital’s mission of ensuring that “no child dies in the dawn of life.”
It’s an important mission, and one that needs your support. St. Jude is the oldest institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic clinical research into catastrophic childhood diseases, and the hospital has approximately 4,300 patients in active status—including two-year-old Elliot Lacefield.
On Easter morning this year, Elliot’s mother received the scare of her life. Then, things got worse.
She had awakened to discover her little boy could not see. "He would try to focus but he was looking past you," she said. Frantically, she raced to a hospital. On the way, Elliot began to have seizures. They reached the emergency room where doctors sprang into action, stopping the seizures. But the little boy had slipped into a coma.
Doctors thought that Elliot was suffering from some form of meningitis or possibly epilepsy. But it was something far worse.
A CAT scan revealed a tumor on his brain. The cancerous growth was putting incredible pressure inside Elliot's skull. Again, the doctors sprang into action, moving Elliot to the Intensive Care Unit and immediately inserting a shunt to relieve the massive pressure, the likely cause of the blindness and seizures.
Doctors were sure Elliott had suffered brain damage from the pressure. Elliot awoke three days later, and much to his mother's relief, showed no signs of damage. Two weeks after that, Elliot was sent to St. Jude for treatment.
At St. Jude:
Before Elliot and his mom had left their local hospital, the tumor had shown no signs of spreading. By the time they reached St. Jude, the disease was trying to spread. Elliot began chemotherapy treatments, to be followed by surgery and radiation.
"He is under 3, so radiation is tricky," his mom said. "They don't like to radiate under 3. With his disease having spread, they are going to have to radiate the whole brain and the spine. Radiation is going to be the tricky part and (it) is what we are going to need to take care of (the cancer)."
Elliot and his mother—and the thousands of other young children suffering from catastrophic diseases—need your help. That is why I hope you will support this vital effort by:
1. Spreading the word about St. Jude. Forward this message to anyone else you know who may be interested in supporting the hospital and helping the thousands of children who come under its care each year.
2. Cheering on the St. Jude Runners. If you live in Washington, or can get there on October 26, come cheer on my St. Jude teammates and me!
3. Making a contribution of $26.20—one dollar for each mile of the marathon—or more if you can afford it. You can donate online by clicking here and entering my name into the form that appears, or you can send a check to 4141 North Henderson Road, Plaza #3, Arlington, Virginia, 22203.
Thanks so much for any help you can provide. I really appreciate it, and a lot of young children and their parents are enormously grateful for your support as well. Thanks again!
Hurricane Isabel is on its way, and I’m going to make a modest prediction: We’re all going to die. Every last one of us will be consumed in wind and floods of biblical proportions, and the entire nation will be swept away like Atlantis. Repent your sins and say your prayers, oh ye bloggers!
Okay, I’m just kidding.
Truth be told, I’m actually pretty boosted about this whole hurricane business. I grew up in North Carolina where hurricanes are a way of life, and haven’t seen a nice “daddy storm” in several years. Now one is heading straight toward the Mid-Atlantic. Morbid as it may be, I’m enjoying it. It's fun tracking the storm, hoping for a couple days off work, and shifting into survivalist mode. Isabel, do your worst!
I realize, however, that not everyone may share this view. Therefore, as a public service to readers on the Eastern Seaboard who may be alarmed at the category-4 hurricane, I give you these seven secrets for surviving a storm:
1. So-called “mandatory” evacuations are really only suggestions. Stay behind and have a hurricane party!
2. Drink the beer first. If power goes out, other beverages that don’t need refrigeration--such as rum, tequila, and bourbon--can be consumed at room temperature.
3. If you need a new car like I do, position your old one beneath a tree that is likely to fall in heavy wind. If a storm hits and the tree falls, you can file an insurance claim and get a new one.
4. Purchase a chainsaw well in advance of storm’s landfall. Not only is this tool helpful in clearing away fallen trees, but it’s also a useful deterrent against would-be looters!
5. While you’re out shopping, remember that disaster-related profiteering is not only lucrative but it’s also great fun. Items to horde include batteries, bottled water, gasoline, plywood, and ice.
6. After the storm is over, it’s free money day at FEMA! Get yours here.
7. As the storm clears away properties on the beach, there will be plenty of cheap oceanfront lots available for your dream home. Go find one for yourself, wait for the next storm, and repeat steps one through six.
It is illegal to self-pump in New Jersey. You must have a gas-station professional pump your gas and ring up your purchase. This might have made some sense in 1949 when the law was passed and when most of the population still smoked and stupidity could conceivably kill at the gas station. But times have changed and pumping gas is a safe activity that almost everyone but the handicapped can perform with the greatest of ease. Pay-at-the-pump technology is standard at gas stations coast to coast. Motorists fly through stations with the breathtaking efficiency only Americans can take for granted. That is, except in New Jersey and Oregon — the only two states atavistic, sadistic, and masochistic enough to still require thousands of "professionals" to waste time, money, and inconvenience customers.
Note to local readers: Fill up the tank before crossing the Delaware River.
Scott 7:14 PM [+] ::
Scott is Always Right, Part 8,795
"Frankly as a right-winger I can't help but salivate at the prospect of [Sen. John Edwards] running for President. Johnny is a slick lil' pretty boy who has won exactly one election in his entire life. After knocking off a weak incumbent in 1998 to become a US Senator, though, he seems to believe he's just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Oval Office. Kinda reminds me of another young Senator who was cast into the limelight a bit too soon--Dan Quayle. In short, I don't see his presidential bid going anywhere--but I'll feel all kinds of Schadenfreude watching him fall flat on his cute little face. Plus if he runs, he may have to give up his Senate seat, which would be up for grabs during the '04 cycle. Run, Johnny, run!"
John Edwards will not run for re-election to the Senate in 2004 so he can concentrate on seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, a state party official said Sunday. The North Carolina senator wrote a letter received Sunday by state Democratic Party chairwoman Barbara Allen announcing his decision, state party executive director Scott Falmlen said. "I ... decided that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate in order to devote all of my energy to running for president," Edwards wrote Allen.
Download of the Day: Richard Thompson, "One Door Opens"
If you enjoy folksy rock music, you'll love British musician Richard Thompson. I first discovered him at a music festival in Philadelphia about six weeks ago, and was completely blown away by his skillful work on the guitar and his smooth singing voice. Since then, I've been listening to some of the songs from his latest album, "Old Kit Bag." They're all fantastic, particularly our Download of the Day: the rhythmic and upbeat song "One Door Opens." Go check it out!
With my blog down the for the past few months, it had been a long time since I picked a good fight with the Left. The old reliable Oliver Willis supplies me with plenty of cannon fodder, however. Click here and then click on the comments to read my latest sparring match with him and his lefty readers.
Scott 5:47 PM [+] ::
Another one for the blogrolls: Bryan Auchterlonie's new site, Holding Pattern. Bryan, a fellow resident of Wilmington, Delaware, has lots of great stuff on everything from political correctness on campus to ex-pat newspapers in Moscow. Definitely worth a daily visit.
Scott 12:11 AM [+] ::
Not only will I be blogging here at SR.com, but Andrew Ian Dodge has graciously invited me to write for Dodgeblogium. All hail Mr. Dodge! Be sure to update your blog rolls, and check out the Dodge Blog daily!
Scott 12:03 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 ::
Back to the Blog!
Welcome back, everybody! Thanks for soldiering through a painfully long hiatus here at SR.com. The old laptop died back in May, and access to Blogger.com is restricted at my office computer. I’m happy to report, however, that a new Dell desktop system arrived last week, and that I plan to resume blogging on a regular basis. Stay tuned!