“A Stillborn Child Leads to a Murder Charge”: Me at AmCon

on an awful, years-long case: In 2006, 15-year-old Rennie Gibbs became pregnant. She tested positive for marijuana and cocaine during her pregnancy. Her daughter Samiya was born a month premature, with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. An autopsy on the child found traces of a cocaine byproduct, and Rennie was charged with murder—or rather, with what Mississippi calls “depraved heart murder,” signifying an especially callous crime. Gibbs’s case has wound its way through the legal syste … [Read more...]

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Clickbait Pro-Lifery with Existential Wisdom!

Ignore the "...with this one weird trick" headline, and also the (IMO) too-quick cheap shots at secular bases for meaning. There's really great stuff in this piece on risk and unplanned pregnancy, by Tristyn Bloom: ...I think the actual problem here, I think the reason people continue to defend abortion is because, essentially, of existential terror: fear of what will happen when something unexpected, uninvited, unplanned bursts into our lives demanding action. I think that is a crippling … [Read more...]

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How To Improve Mainstream Media Coverage of Abortion?

LiveAction asks the right questions, as does GetReligion. … [Read more...]

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“The Obama Synthesis Under Siege”: Ross Douthat

blogs: The true ideological inclinations of the Obama White House can be endlessly debated, but slightly more than halfway through this presidency I think it’s fair to make the following generalization: Obama has governed as a business-friendly social democrat and an aggressive social liberal, as a hawkish interventionist when intervention seems cheap and easy (drones, missiles, etc.) and a cautious realist when it doesn’t, and as a surprisingly vigorous defender of presidential prerogatives acr … [Read more...]

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“A New Story, In the Field of Abortion-Haunted Horror”

I review 2012's The Frozen, at AmCon. Spoilerous! … [Read more...]

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Hedonist, Disciple or Bourgeois?

me at AmCon: I recently finished Jenell Williams Paris’s book The End of Sexual Identity. The book is a very mixed bag, but one thing which struck me was a brief mention of a dichotomy which I think Paris was borrowing from someone else: the choice between hedonism and discipleship.This framing seems to me to miss something crucial, which politically-minded “social conservatives” often also seem to miss. Because of course there’s a third option, the life of bourgeois stability. The life of b … [Read more...]

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I have, in fact, met a whole lot of girls like you before. Only better.

Just got back from the movie version of Bachelorette, which stars Kirsten Dunst. I reviewed the play version here. Some notes follow, but the most important note is: Don't see this movie. Seriously, just do not. I don't believe in advice and I rarely give it but in this case I will make an exception.That said, * Lizzy Caplan is really great! She is the only bright spot.* The movie removes one key monologue from the play (the one about "This is Marilyn Monroe!", if you've seen it) and … [Read more...]

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