Dispatches From Hell

Zsa Zsa Gabor died today, and we got to thinking how she was famous for being famous while we were growing up, and that it was sister Eva who starred in the absurdist masterpiece of our youth, and then we wondered whether Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz was a fan of Green Acres, so we went Googling for references, and then this happened.

We regret the error.

“I can’t imagine an atheist version of confession. What would it look like? How would it work, if you don’t think there’s any such thing as sin?”
—Rod Dreher

Forgive me, God Particle, for I have Sinned.

It has been 54 years, seven months, and four days since my last Confession. Not counting that time I mistook you for Hendrix, and spilled the beans about my unhealthy obsession with Sigourney Weaver.

I have touched myself 32,540 times.

Oops. 32,541.

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Dear Diary: OMG!!!! If I wasn't dead, I'd be TOTALLY into him.“Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” —Justin Bieber, signing the guestbook at the Anne Frank House. [WaPo]

“Why did Adam, after killing his mother, travel to the school where she worked? Shouldn’t some suspicion fall on the mother? She looks like a victim, but could she and her son have been operating together?” [Althouse]

CBS Sports on Jovan Belcher’s murder/suicide: “Fantasy Analysis: This is a bizarre and tragic incident and there are plenty of details still left out. The Chiefs will play Carolina Week 13 on Sunday and will do so with a very heavy heart. Belcher was just 25 years old out of West Babylon, N.Y. He attended Maine for college and was a four-year NFL veteran. He had 38 tackles and was not a viable Fantasy IDP option in most formats.” [via @gregokuhara, since deleted]

So, how was your Tuesday? Ours didn’t happen. Server crash. Don’t ask.

Our guest columnist failed to consult the American Republican party before writing this story.

Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital [Irish Times]