Mackerel Snapping in Modern America

The Good Deacon finds a story about Lent and fish from my home state of South Jersey. (I’m working hard on the secession efforts from the rest of New Jersey, but neither side wants any town that might include the cast of Jersey Shore.) The premise of the article is that Lenten fish sales are [Read More...]

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Finding Purpose in Suffering

Fulton Sheen

In the three videos embedded below, Servant of God Fulton Sheen, one of the great preachers (and, yes, saints) of the last century explains the mystery of suffering with his usual mix of humor, drama, and philosophy. Catholics always have understood suffering in the context of the cross. Although pain may come, it ends in triumph. St. [Read More...]

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CyberKnife and the Wonders of Modern Medicine

CyberKnife

A number of my posts to date have been an attempt to put a pin in the party balloon of techno-Utopianism, which might lead some readers to think I’m some kind of Luddite squatting in a corner making the sign of the cross to ward off iPhones and refusing to get my children proper medical care because antibiotics are [Read More...]

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The Kurzweil Reality Distortion Field

Steve Jobs must have left his famous Reality Distortion Field to Ray Kurzweil, because nothing else can explain why intelligent people continue to listen to a man who says such utter nonsense. Please note carefully: I didn’t say Kurzweil was stupid. His inventions, particularly his work on OCR and speech recognition, were pioneering. But once [Read More...]

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Every Home a Hadamar

Euthanasia Propaganda

Nazi propaganda urging the elimination of the unfit: “60,000 Reichsmarks is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People’s community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too.” If you believe it is right and proper for a woman to have prenatal testing to determine if she’s carrying a disabled [Read More...]

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Monday Morning Chicken

Ruby the Rhode Island Red

A friend advised me (quite reasonably) that two back-to-back posts on medical ethics was a bit heavy, so here’s a picture of one of my new chickens to lighten the mood. Internet, this is Ruby the Rhode Island Red. Ruby, meet the internet. She’s only a few days old in this picture. Be nice to [Read More...]

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Reconsidering Organ Donation

Signing that organ donor card always seemed like a simple decision, but with the slide in modern medical ethics, particularly where end-of-life and “brain death” issues are concerned, perhaps that’s no longer the case. I’ve seen enough reports over the years about people who were incorrectly declared brain dead only to come roaring back to life, [Read More...]

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Saturday Song: Wayfaring Stranger

The awesome Trace Adkins gives us one of the great traditional country songs of all time: Wayfaring Stranger: Every country, folk, or bluegrass singer worth his or her strings takes a pass at Wayfaring Stranger. Trace’s powerful baritone and bluesy approach is one of my favorites. [Read more...]

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