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Bush between Iraq and a hard place...

Years ago, David Brinkley reported on the evening news, (and you'll have to correct me where I'm wrong) "Today, in Washington, John Mitchell, the Attorney General of the United States, called Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a certified American hero, a 'dirty Jap'." Delivered in his inimitable dead pan style, with enough pauses in just the right places to make his complex qualifications intelligible, it was a statement of such force in knocked me over when I heard it. The Attorney General was upset with Senator Inouye for his opposition to U.S. prosecution of the war in Viet Nam.

Tear open the storehouse!

As Jesus said, "Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old." [Matt 13:52]

In the UK, HIV drug resistance increasing

There's no reason it won't happen here, too. No country's people have a monopoly on foolishness. BBC NEWS | Health | UK HIV drug resistance increasing. For those of you in the know, perhaps you can help me with a little question: Just what is "safe sex"?

Do you care enough to love where others will not?

How do we compensate for the irresponsible? The law says let them have their way to avoid public inconvenience. The saints have a different way. According to a reflection on the life of Mother Teresa at, entitled "Adoption Is 'A Concrete Way of Love'" the answer is to become super responsible: pick up the precious burdens that others drop and care for them.

Modern Science and Universalism vs. Nominalism

The nature of the debate between universalists and nominalists, particularly as it applies to the viability of natural law theory as a foundation for ethics, is radically different today, due to our much greater understanding of human biology. I examine this issue in some detail in a brief article, Modern Science in This Debate, posted on this blog. The discussion tends to be a bit technical, but I welcome your thoughts.


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