June 21, 2017

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… Read more

June 20, 2017

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… Read more

June 2, 2017

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 improvement over… Read more

May 31, 2017

I have always enjoyed writing.  In school and then at work as an accountant, I was the person who ended up with the writing jobs.  If you leave me with no computer for more than about a day, I will somehow get hold of pen and paper and start writing stuff.  But I didn’t necessarily think of myself as a writer.  I didn’t know how to make the transition from “person who likes to write” to “writer.” Obviously I’ve made… Read more

May 25, 2017

Just weeks after launching its Great Tastes of America burger series in the United Kingdom, McDonald’s Corporation reports it is shutting down amid accusations that they ripped off their recipes. The accusations arose after advertisements touted a “sweet and tangy South Carolina sauce” that some viewers believed may bear a vague resemblance to mustard-based barbecue sauces used in some regions of the state.  Fox News reports: Though the eatery had been open for several months decades, the owners of Kooks McDonald’s were… Read more

May 25, 2017

Jesus isn’t just a warm feeling before we slip into eternal nothing. Heaven is no abstraction. Read more

May 6, 2017

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… Read more

April 18, 2017

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… Read more

April 3, 2017

Here is what I find most amusing about the reactions to the Pence Anti-Adultery plan: It turns out the people who ordinarily believe that it is both impossible and undesirable to refrain from intercourse out of wedlock are, in the case of the sitting Vice President, certain he must be an exception to that rule.  Ordinary mortals have no such capacity for self control! They’d be harmed by trying, and anyway it wouldn’t work! But either they know Mr. Pence… Read more

March 9, 2017

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… Read more

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