Parsing the Data on “Childhood Gun Violence”

Pediatrics has just released a study on childhood firearms injuries and deaths, and this CNN article is typical of the news coverage.  Unless you read very carefully, deep into the article, you would get the idea that we are having an epidemic of young children shooting one another.(How do I feel about the stories like the one that opens the CNN article?  As I've said on these pages: If you aren't committed to keeping your firearms out of the hands of unauthorized users, you shouldn't own fi … [Read more...]

Pain Bleg Update –> How’s It Going, Jen?

So if you post something like last month's Name this pain bleg, it's a good idea to update sooner, rather than later, when you rejoin the happy world of healthy-type people.  Otherwise, every time you turn up some friend will peer at you with concern and ask gravely, "How are you?"If you are me, it'll take you a minute to wonder why they are asking this way, because I'm somewhat forgetful in this regard.(My description of a particularly difficult bout of unmedicated childbirth:  "It took … [Read more...]

Does the Catholic Faith Permit the Use of Artificial Wombs?

If Brave New World is coming soon to a hospital near you, what does that mean for your premature baby? Over the Register, today I'm making predictions about what the next edition of The Catechism will have to say about "artificial womb" technology: Here at the Register, Angelo Stagnaro has recently expressed his grave concerns about the invention of “artificial wombs.” The technology in question is a medical device that simulates an unborn baby’s environment in utero. It is designed as an improv … [Read more...]

Why Does the Ascension Matter?

This is my annual reminder of why we bother with all this Jesus business.  If you're not in it for this, I'm not sure what you're doing.  First ran at the Wine Dark Sea. *** We think of atheists as the people who actively deny the existence of God, but there’s a much more pernicious and widespread atheism among religious people today: Faithy-ism. We talk about God, and do God-themed activities, but we don’t really mean it.  It’s all just a metaphor.  Our spirituality consists of our deeply felt … [Read more...]

Bleg: Name this Pain

Two interesting things happened this week:(1) I finally met the physician I'd been referred to last October, and now I know why there was a seven-month wait on appointments.  The guy is both competent and humane (like Tod Worner, but a different guy).  I like that in a doctor.(2) I'd been planning to tell him everything's fine now, but actually it's not fine.  I've had a wind-up of fatigue and the same kind of pain I was having last fall -- it was still fairly mild on Thursday, but is get … [Read more...]

When Warfare Doesn’t Work

The excellent guest post at Simcha Fisher's blog about the experience of being a Catholic woman in an abusive marriage provoked a heated discussion among several of my online friends.  What is the good solution to this problem?Sometimes there is not a good solution.I'm as prone to, "If we just did ___" thinking as anyone else.  Because I'm from Gunlandia, when I read about a domestic abuse victim shot at a school, my instant reaction is: What an injustice that women who work in education … [Read more...]

Conservative Healthcare Reform

In reaction to the proposed Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act, some have asserted that the only way to provide health care coverage to the poor is via an insurance mandate and a single-payer system.I don't believe that's true.  There are no doubt other good solutions, but I'll toss out an idea for a system that conservatives could love. #1 Cut the cord between employment and insurance. Employer-provided health insurance stifles the labor market. It leads to underemployment as … [Read more...]