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Should States Decide Which Lives are Worth More than Others? A response to Jaime King’s Article In Nature Magazine

In the November 2012 issue of Nature professor Jaime S. King has an article titled “Politics and fetal diagnostics collide.”  The summary:  “Without better regulation, non-invasive prenatal genetic tests will be targeted by US anti-abortion lobbyists.”

For the record, I have notified Professor King of this post.  UPDATE:  She has replied and says she will write a response.  I have also found an online copy of the article that won’t cost you $32 to download.

Clearly, King and I will be world’s apart on the issue of abortion.  It follows that there is much that I find in her article … continue reading...

Ban Guns, Exploit Tragedy, Produce More Tragedies

As usual, the long knives are out for guns again.

Whenever things like this happen, I am reminded of a leisurely walk through Napoleon’s wife’s garden in Strasbourg, France, I once made at midnight with some fine fellows, one of them a young Frenchman.  I was impressed by the high amount of activity in the park and how safe it seemed.  I remarked that there were few parks in America where we could do such a thing.  The young Frenchman asked why, and I explained that getting mugged–or worse–was a real possibility.   He said, “Oh!  We have laws against that … continue reading...

I Can See the Holocaust from My House


Tina Fey, impersonating Sarah Palin, joked, “I can see Russia from my house.”

I can see the next holocaust from my house, and it is no joke.

In the decades leading up to one of the most horrific chapters in human history, the leading lights of the day openly discussed bringing about those horrors. Eugenics was posited as the rational position of all intelligent, well-meaning individuals. In journals, newspapers, academic conferences, public health offices and elsewhere, they talked about sterilizing people with or without their consent, segregating them from society, or even exterminating them. And that was in America.

In … continue reading...

A Glimpse of The Coming Eumemics?

Is it really the case that eugenics is dead and gone?

I want you to consider an article that I recently read detailing the views of an ‘expert’ in practical ethics. [update, here is a link to the original essay.  don’t know how long it will stay up.]

The second paragraph reads:

The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to “harm themselves and others”.

That should give you an idea of where we are going.  Let’s … continue reading...

Apologetics is the Answer to Everything

Some Christians will begin seeing red just from reading the title of this entry.  They will be angry and annoyed and may even jump up out of their seats.  Therefore, let me say it again:  apologetics is the answer to everything.

Whether it be the rapid decline of the Christian Church in America, the brisk acceptance of homosexual ‘marriage,’ the prevailing and deepening culture of death, the shallow spirituality of many of the Christians who actually remain in the Church- and certainly much of the lack of action- and many other issues can track back to nothing less than disobedience, … continue reading...

Random Thoughts on Four Day Work Weeks and the Price of Oil

Did you hear that there are businesses and state agencies moving to a four day work week?  The idea is to save on energy costs… the business’s, of course.  It has the side effect of saving normal people some costs, too.  In some cases, the extra day at home is still supposed to be dedicated to work.

I think a four day work week is a good thing.  As a teacher, Friday was almost always a waste, anyway.  Neither teachers nor students had much focus.  This doesn’t seem to be true only of teachers and students.  Two day weekends never … continue reading...

Mormon Polygamy And Secular Hedonism and Media Hypocrisy

So I bet all of my readers have been following the Texas raid of the Mormon ‘compound’ filled to the brim with raging polygamists and abused children. I am not great fan of Mormonism, don’t get me wrong, but the whole affair has done nothing more than make me scoff. You’ve probably seen the sneering questioning by media personalities of people from the compound, or lawyers for them, etc. The idea that a man might have more than one wife and that this wife is ‘underage’ is self-evidently despicable to them. In some discussions I’ve seen on cable television, the … continue reading...

Humane Society Liberals Turn Tables on Liberal ‘pro-choice’ Argument Applied to Death Row Dogs

I was minding my own business this morning just getting my kids ready for school when something on ABC News about dogs on death row came on.  I wasn’t really paying attention until suddenly I heard some statements that I had normally heard applied to unborn human babies.  I tracked down the corresponding article at ABC News.  Here it is.

The basic idea is that there is a new website out that lists dogs soon to be put down and how many days they have left to live.  It is a means shelters use to help drive home what … continue reading...