THE OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY: Unintended Consequences – Kudzu, Digital Billboards, and the Birth Control Pill

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Do you remember the silly children’s song about the old lady who swallowed the fly?  The poor, misguided woman tried again and again to rid herself of her problem, by swallowing bigger and bigger things—a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, a goat, a cow, and finally a horse—and she’s dead, of course!The law of unintended consequences, popularized in the 20th century by American sociologist Robert Merton, is like that.  Someone does something, no doubt with the best of intentions, but the plan blow … [Read more...]

U.N.’s Dag Hammarskjöld: Negotiating With God

“In our age, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.” --Dag Hammarskjöld U.S. Secretary-General, 1953-1961Dag Hammarskjöld. Dag Hammarskjöld. Dag Hammarskjöld.It’s funny how sometimes a childhood memory pierces through years of overlaid data and forces its way into the present.  I was a young child—in early elementary school, I suppose—when I first learned the name of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.  I learned to say his name and to spell it, complete … [Read more...]

OBAMA FLAUNTS PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY, AND OVERSTEPS LEGAL BOUNDS ON MARRIAGE ISSUE

Once again, President Obama has disregarded the strongly held beliefs and moral convictions of a majority of the American people.  He did this on February 23, while at the same time running roughshod over the Constitution of the United States. This latest show of presidential chutzpah:  Mr. Obama ordered the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reported to have authored a “tweet” in support of the President’s a … [Read more...]


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