NOVA– “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial”

Tonight we watched the PBS Nova program, “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial,” which follows the story of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the 2005 Pennsylvania case brought about when the local school district mandated inclusion of a disclaimer in science classes calling evolution “theory” rather than “fact,” and encouraging students to investigate “intelligent…

Catholic Bishops Comforted by Sexual Abuse Report

US Catholic Bishops heard a preliminary report from John Jay College of Criminal Justice about the “causes and contexts” of the sexual abuse crisis yesterday. Research falls into six categories, Terry explained: a historical overview of social and political events since 1950; recruitment and seminary training; leadership; victimization; a clinical analysis using data from three…

Man Arrested for Cleaning His Backyard

In Marin County, Sigward Moser was handcuffed, thrown face down in wet muck, and threatened with a taser. Why? Because he went out to clean up his backyard. His house is on Muir Beach, scene of last week’s oil spill. No one was doing anything about the big black globs, so he got a bunch…

Writer’s Block

You wouldn’t know it from the prolific prose on this blog, but I get writer’s block. A blog, of course, consists of thoughts that are provoked by something read on-line. It’s a very different process than writing an assigned article. I’ve been struggling with the latter for a couple of weeks. My brother Jason was…

Tasered for Being Sick

In Alabama, a man having a diabetic seizure was found slumped over the wheel of his car and tasered by police for not complying with their orders. In Waxahachie, TX, earlier this year, a man called 911 because he was having a diabetic seizure–cops broken down his door, forced their way into his bedroom, and…

Cheapening the “Right to Privacy”

Abortion advocates claimed that a “right to privacy” must guarantee their right to abortion. That’s all it may guarantee these days. Donald Kerr of the Office of National Intelligence said recently we should say good-bye to privacy. James Pinkerton comments. Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial. New York Times. Big Brother is watching (and is at school).