Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Will you be on the side of truth or fads

In 1790, when Edmund Burke wrote his classic essay, Reflections on the Revolution in France, the reactions were not positive. He was not popular among the London elites, to say the least. As L.G. Mitchell recounts, “Burke was rejected right across the political spectrum.” Not only did radicals such as Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft “dislike the book,” but the members of his own Whig party disowned it: Charles James Fox considered the Reflections “to be in very bad taste” and the future Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger found only “rhapsodies in which there is much to admire and nothing to agree with.”

Yet Burke, the reform-minded statesman, decided to stand against the proclamations of the French Revolution. Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity—who would want to be against that? Burke, apparently. And he prophesied the coming Terror and the rise of Napoleon, because he refused to give in to the tyrannical dictates of eighteenth-century deified Reason.
Burke was right, and Reason was wrong. One suspects it will happen again.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Pregnant perspectives

I recently read a post to Catholic Newlyweds about how worrying about getting pregnant before you consider yourself ready is the least of your worries. Statistically, it’s far more likely that you will struggle with infertility or miscarriage. In fact, 1 in 3 women will experience a miscarriage through their reproductive life. I’ve heard far too many stories of women who deal with reproductive obstacles. I still have a long span of reproductive life in me, even though conceiving this baby was easy, I don’t consider myself exempt.

During my reversion into Catholicism, and especially as I was looking into NFP (they were simultaneously occurring) I was terrified of becoming pregnant. I fully accepted the modern way of thinking that pregnancy was just about the worst thing that could happen to me. It’s a common 20 something thought. I believe it’s also a common 30 something thought to suddenly fear that not getting pregnant could be the worst thing to happen to you. The modern view of reproducing is very dichotomized. Our ovaries are either turned on or turned off – and the choice is ours. But is it really? I would argue it’s an illusion of choice.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sketchy sushi is no more

I ate at this deli many times during my brief tenure at NYU. Alas.

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Mark Shea and Jenner issues

To get to the point,
Steven Greydanus remarked yesterday: “The more I read and think about it, the more I realize that my difficulty with people calling Caitlyn Jenner a woman begins not with disagreement, but with honestly having no idea what they’re saying or what they mean to claim. In this context, I literally don’t understand what is meant by “woman.”

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Don't sell any more copies, we can't affort it

Or, what happens when accounting rules get in the way of reality, with references to IBM, HP, and Autodesk.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Rand P and Ron W, getting it done

Rand Paul and Ron Widen managed to stop the renewal of the so called “Patriot Act” yesterday blocking it’s renewal and kicking Obama in the nuts. Not optimistic it will stay that way or that any data collection will actually stop. I think Obama will keep doing it regardless. After all – it was already illegal before the law expired.
LOL and true.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bad restaurant reviews - Multi Tastes Diner

Inspired by the Slice Harvester's visit, I went to check out the weirdness and dragged along an exceptionally indulging lady. A slice of pizza, egg drop soup, and a pair of sandwiches, how could you go wrong? Pizza was decent, maybe 6/10. Soup was tasty but lukewarm. Sandwiches were very tasty, french fries were lukewarm. Coffee was good for a diner. Will be returning.

Just posted this on Yelp as well.

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Bad book reviews - Starship Troopers

This is much better than the movie. As a matter of fact, it's not really related to the movie. No romance plots to speak of, and a lot of thinking about what citizenship means. Also what it means to be a soldier. Not sure why everyone thinks it's fascist.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another reason to run Jimmy Van Bramer out of office

As if I needed another one.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who allocated $750,000 of city funds toward the new center, said, “the borough of Queens is better and safer today because Planned Parenthood is here.”

“This is one of the most beautiful buildings in my district,” he added. “It is so full of light, and air, and color, and it’s really all about hope.”
No, abortion is not really about hope. It's really about killing.

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Priests, murder, and sex abuse in the 60s

The chaos that ensues when an already popular priest has a brother in the police force to shut down investigations into his crimes.

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Amnesty International on the wrong path, again

Although they concede that the girl's condition is stable, Amnesty International claims that the girl must have an abortion to save her life, and that Paraguayan authorities are refusing to "grant her right to a safe abortion." Amnesty International is running emotionally compelling advertisements on social media and urging people to sign a petition directed to a panel that is considering the girl's case.

There's something fishy about this.
Indeed.

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