Komen Concedes (but it still sucks)

bucket for cure

Komen spent the last two days reaping a financial windfall from pro-life activists, after they pulled their funding for Planned Parenthood.  (Planned Parenthood had a funding surge, too, prompting a friend of mine to say the whole thing felt like a publicity stunt, or a pro-wrestling storyline).  Now, Komen has purged its new policy.But before any pro-choice readers I've got decide to put the money where their mouths are, let me make a plea that you not give Komen any of your money.  Not ev … [Read more...]

Look, let me say something pragmatic and hard-hearted

For the last two days, the story of Amelia Rivera has kept showing up in my RSS reader.  Amelia Rivera is a three-year-old girl who is developmentally disabled and suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.  She needs a kidney transplant to live, and the hospital her parents went to declined to place her on the transplant list and also refused to let a family member donate a kidney to the girl.The other posts on Patheos on this topic (You love your kid? Too bad! and Determining who is "good e … [Read more...]

Gonna Get on this Hobby Horse and Ride


I finally made time to get a flu shot at a local CVS and so now you all get treated to a public health PSA (but it's got an ethics/duty angle, so it's totally technically within the scope of this blog).I could just make a pitch from self-interest: get a shot so you won't get sick.  After all, even without insurance, the cost of the shot (~$30 at CVS) is affordable for a lot of people, and, once you're actually sick, you're likely to wish you could take the trade.  Plus, for people my age, t … [Read more...]

Bringing a Stat Book to a Culture Fight


Comments are still a little bit in flux here.  Because Disqus was causing problems, it's been stripped off and we're back to plain old wordpress comments until things get sorted out.  On the plus side, this means that all the previously vanished comments are back!Oh, and speaking of comments, today I want to point you to a conversation that's going on over at Marc's Bad Catholic blog here at Patheos.  Marc wrote a post called "10 Reason the Pill Sucks" and, although I disagree with several of … [Read more...]

Natural Death Black Boxes

I warned commenters against turning the Soup Nazi Approach to Sex post into an abortion debate. Any free-ranging discussion of abortion tends to fail; I've only had productive conversations when I spend a lot of time narrowing the focus of a conversation and screening off anything else. I’m not surprised to see the discussion that broke out entering a tailspin, but I think there’s something to be gleaned from the wreckage.I’m certainly not recapping the whole thread, so I picked the quote bel … [Read more...]

My New Favorite Pope…

...is Clement XI!  Why, you ask?  Simply put, he is responsible for my favorite application to date of overwhelming theocratic power.  You may remember, several weeks ago, I mentioned in a Quick Take that I was delighted that Rinderpest, a viral disease infecting cattle, had been wiped from the face of the earth.  It is only the second disease in history to be deliberately eradicated by humans (small pox was the first).When I originally posted about the Rinderpest victory, I as … [Read more...]

Call him Voldemort!

"Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things.  Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself"  -- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  I was dumbfounded by a "On the Square" feature at First Things this week.  Christopher Kaczor gave advice to Christian parents who aren't sure whether to have their children vaccinated against HPV and adopted the tone of someone teetering at the edge of a precipice.  After considering several approaches, Kac … [Read more...]