Monthly Archives: May 2013


Judith Potts writes in the Daily Telegraph: One day in 2007 my late mother – then a sprightly 93 year old – said to me “I do wish these people would get off my sofa. They sit there all day … Continue reading

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Good News From Vermont

Vermont may be a lefty sort of place, but occasionally it gets some things right. MSNBC reports: After 10 years of emotionally-charged debate, Vermont became the first state in the country to pass a doctor-assisted suicide bill through the legislative … Continue reading

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Why liberals should defend Harvard’s right to accept and publish Jason Richwine’s dissertation

There’s been so much said about l’affaire Richwine that I am not keen to get deeply involved. I would advise that you read Jason Richwine’s account, as well as Ph.D. thesis itself. There are now various movements to expurgate Richwine’s … Continue reading

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Unknown Unknowns

Looking up something about postwar British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, I came across the following gem. Attlee, in old age, is being interviewed by a biographer, Kenneth Harris. Harris: Would you say you are an agnostic? Attlee: I don’t know.

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Same Old, Same Old

The pope is a new pope, and Twitter is a new(ish) medium, but Francis certainly knows the old tunes. Here’s a papal tweet from this morning: My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a … Continue reading

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About That First Amendment Thing

CBS Pittsburgh: PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Students at Carnegie Mellon say it’s freedom of expression, but the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh calls it inappropriate and disrespectful. At an annual art school parade, a female student dressed up as the pope, and … Continue reading

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