Daily Archives: August 20, 2008

Brits want to ban "graphic" pro-life websites

Here’s the argument in a syllogism–
Premise 1: Women supposedly don’t feel guilty about abortions, and it’s pro-lifers who make them feel guilty.
Premise 2: Pro-life websites with graphic images of aborted babies and unborn babies make women feel guilty and damage their mental health.
Conclusion: Such websites should be banned.

Example they give: a woman has an abortion. *Then* she goes to a pro-life website, saying she hoped to ease her mind by seeing pictures of a “blob of cells”, and that seeing that the baby was so “human looking” disturbed her. In other words, she felt guilty to begin with.

More English 101 Lessons


Does Michael Phelps Have Marfan syndrome?

I’ve been seeing the headlines on Marfan List, but I haven’t read any of the posts. Then I saw this article on my news ticker. Interesting thing is: Phelps, an Olympic swimmer who has arachnodactyly and hypermobility, says he has Marfan syndrome, and that he’s being treated at Hopkins. However, he allegedly has no problems with his aorta.

Long limbs and hypermobility are not enough for a diagnosis of Marfan. You have to have at least two major organ systems involved (usually the eyes and heart/aorta), Either he’s lying about his heart, or he’s not a Marf.

A Girl and Her Dog

Here’s a nice (but short) article on a 7-year-old girl named Rebecca who has Marfan syndrome, as well as Autism and something called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her service dog, Fayth.

Builders and Landlords discriminate against the disabled

No kidding!
Whatever will they think of next?

If you’ve ever tried to get *anywhere* in a wheelchair, you’ll know that the ADA has done next to nothing. Or, if it has, I’d hate to see what it was like 20 years ago.

San Diego doctors make progress with stem cells from menstrual blood

Here’s a question, though: if they can treat mice with human stem cells, why can’t they treat humans with animal stem cells?
Oh, yeah, right; because PETA won’t let them, because it’s unethical to do research on a mindless animal.

Since when does "Reform" mean "Killing babies"?

It used to be that “reform” movements were aimed at stopping practices where people compromised ethics to get selfish gains. Now, the term “reform” is being used in regard to *allowing* embryonic stem cell research, where people compromise ethics to get selfish gains.

Here’s a reason to buy a Honda

Their insurance plan does not cover fertility treatments for same-sex partners!

Is Arroyo (the Philippine President; not the EWTN host) flip-flopping on contraception?

California Supreme Court Denies Doctors Conscience Rights

These are the same people who outlawed homeschooling.

Population Research Institute Endorses McCain

I keep asking how anyone can endorse McCain until we know his VP choice, and now McCain is talking about Ridge.

Vatican Canon Lawyer tells it straight on American bishops’ concern with image over values

He says he warned them about covering up abuser priests 25 years ago.

Was Cardinal Newman Gay?

Moving bodies is standard practice for the Catholic Church during a canonization process, but some gay activists are trying to claim that the Church is engaging in a cover-up in the case of John Henry Cardinal Newman. It turns out that Newman is buried next to his best friend, Fr. Ambrose St John. They’re trying to claim that, because of Newman and St John’s lifelong friendship, they were gay (though, gay activist Peter Tatchell admits, if they were homosexually oriented, their relationship may well have been Platonic).

Apparently, Newman’s enemies in Anglicanism often tried to discredit him by casting aspersions on his sexuality and calling him effeminate. And it has long been a practice of the anti-Catholic English to portray anyone who chooses celibacy as homosexual (I’ve read stories about unmarried Anglican and Episcopal priests who were desperate to find wives for that reason).

However, Newman didn’t do much to help his cause: most of his acquaintances were younger men, and, when Ambrose St John died, Newman compared his grief to that of a spouse (Wikipedia).

OT: Learn Writing from me, via YouTube!

I’m trying to upgrade the quality of my online writing classes by making videos and audio clips of my favorite lectures. I’ve made a couple already, and I am uploading them to Youtube.

Builders and Landlords discriminate against the disabled

No kidding!
Whatever will they think of next?

If you’ve ever tried to get *anywhere* in a wheelchair, you’ll know that the ADA has done next to nothing. Or, if it has, I’d hate to see what it was like 20 years ago.

San Diego doctors make progress with stem cells from menstrual blood

Here’s a question, though: if they can treat mice with human stem cells, why can’t they treat humans with animal stem cells?
Oh, yeah, right; because PETA won’t let them, because it’s unethical to do research on a mindless animal.

Since when does "Reform" mean "Killing babies"?

It used to be that “reform” movements were aimed at stopping practices where people compromised ethics to get selfish gains. Now, the term “reform” is being used in regard to *allowing* embryonic stem cell research, where people compromise ethics to get selfish gains.

Here’s a reason to buy a Honda

Their insurance plan does not cover fertility treatments for same-sex partners!

Is Arroyo (the Philippine President; not the EWTN host) flip-flopping on contraception?

California Supreme Court Denies Doctors Conscience Rights

These are the same people who outlawed homeschooling.