October 1st, 2009

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30 September

The Commemoration of St. Therese of Lisieux



I suppose it's not every 24-year old girl who gets to be called a Doctor of the Church, up there with Augustine of Hippo, Ephraem of Syria, and Thomas Aquinas.  But what sort of Church is it, anyway, that takes the writings of a teenaged girl in carmel, places them with the hymns of a Syrian bishop and the meticulous and careful reasoning of a medieval scholastic, and says these are all worth reading? 

Some have called her the "Hello Kitty" of saints, but there is something about her face that bears looking into. 
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Calling Larry Niven

Organlegging: Setting the Stage

The editors of Nature (the magazine, not the world) are concerned that we may not get to harvest all the organs we need because doctors don't declare people dead quickly enough.  The fools!  They sometimes wait to make sure. 

www.nature.com/nature/journal/v461/n7264/full/461570a.html

Mark Shea comments:
Culture of Death types, eager to get in there and start harvesting before the juices start to congeal are suddenly as puzzled as Torture Apologists about the Definition Game. When O When *is* Death Anyway? Golly! Who can possibly define it or know when it occurs? It's all so confusing! One does not get the overwhelming sensation that the reason for asking is to make sure that the person is really dead before we open the Chop Shop. As with Torture Apologetics who are "ever learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth" the goal looks for all the world to be "If we keep it all shrouded in fog, then nobody can say we've ever crossed a line."

I am reminded of a riddle.  You are a hunter out in the woods of Pennsylvania.  Suddenly, the bushes begin to rustle.  Do you shoot because it might not be another hunter in the bushes and you can't prove that it is?  For some people, apparently, this is a tough question. 
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Iran as fast as I could

That Was Then; This is Now

 "There is a lot of good news in the latest intelligence assessment about Iran. Tehran, we are now told, halted its secret nuclear weapons program in 2003, which means that President Bush has absolutely no excuse for going to war against Iran. We are also relieved that the intelligence community is now willing to question its own assumptions and challenge the White House's fevered rhetoric. The president and his aides are apparently too worried about getting caught again shaving intelligence to stop that. . . . We don't know if the Iranians will find any offer [of high-level diplomacy] credible, or if they even want to. It is the least Mr. Bush can do to try to salvage his credibility with the American people and America's allies."--editorial, New York Times, Dec. 5, 2007
 
 "Iran has a long history of lying and cheating about its nuclear program, so the news that it has been secretly building another plant to manufacture nuclear fuel is hardly a shock. But it provides one more compelling reason (are any more needed?) why the United States and other major powers must be ready to quickly adopt--and enforce--tough new sanctions if negotiations fail to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions."--editorial, New York Times, Sept. 26, 2009


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Fly me to the moon.....

News From Around the Solar System!
h/t WSJ Best of the Web

 "Mercury, Fever Have Tough Act to Follow in Game 2"--headline, Associated Press, Sept. 30
 
 "Venus Smile Celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Free Teeth Whitening"--headline, Heraeus press release, Sept. 30
 
 "Billionaire Leaves His Fear on Earth"--headline, Edmonton Sun, Oct. 1
 
 "Man 'Caught Upskirting at Moon Festival' "--headline, Australian Associated Press, Sept. 28
 
 "Mars Returns to Philadelphia as Elementary School Teacher"--headline, Neshoba (Miss.) Democrat, Sept. 30
 
 "Papercrafting E-Commerce Site Launches in Jupiter"--headline, TCPalm.com (Treasure Coast, Fla.), Sept. 30
 
 "Saturn Reaches End of the Road"--headline, Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), Oct. 1
 
 "Ahmadinejad and Iran: Uranus Is Dismantling the Status Quo"--headline, Examiner.com, Sept. 25
 
 "Neptune to Drill Second Oil Well in West Nile"--headline, New Vision (Uganda), Sept. 29
 
 "Pay Czar Considers Moving to Pluto"--headline, TheDeal.com, Sept. 30