Yesterday, the Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that would require public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, display the American Flag, and have a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day. The Indy Star opines in Silence is golden, but bill isn’t needed, that a mandatory moment for reflection [...]
Archive for March, 2005
The Indiana General Assembly is preparing to enact a ban on reproductive cloning. Here is the synopsis of Senate Bill 268 (SB 268):
Cloning. Declares that human cloning is against public policy. Prohibits the state, a state educational institution, or a political subdivision of the state from using resources to knowingly participate in human cloning [...]
I received some critical feedback on my previous post, Schiavo Case Gedanken Experiment, from a discerning reader . . . my wife. She questioned my certitude that Schiavo’s brain was so damaged that there was no hope of at least partial recovery. My response was that given the extent to which this matter [...]
As I was driving in to work last week, I heard the inspiring story of Major Tammy Duckwork on NPR. Duckworth lost both legs below the knee when the helicopter she was flying was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG).
Much of the story dealt with the development of special prosthetics to accommodate the [...]
A month ago, it was reported that a man armed with an AK-47 killed his ex-wife and a bystander outside a courthouse. In the accounts the bystander, a man licensed to carry a gun, is credited with diverting the gunman sufficiently to have saved several lives including the gunman’s son. The anti-self-defense crowd [...]
There are a number legal dimensions to the Terri Schiavo case. Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, a discussion of the Schiavo Case covers some of them. Nearly all of the legal wrangling, while interesting, misses the point: the thoughts, memories, and self-awareness of the person who was Terri Schiavo ceased years ago and [...]
In my earlier posting, A walk down memory lane, I had this to say about the Bush Doctrine:
It was crystal clear to me and to anyone else who was able to listen to what Bush actually said rather than what he was reported to have said that OFI was part of a campaign that included [...]
A NY Times editorial titled Mideast Climate Change belatedly acknowledges that Bush & Co. may have been right after all.
“It’s not even spring yet, but a long-frozen political order seems to be cracking all over the Middle East. Cautious hopes for something new and better are stirring along the Tigris and the Nile, the elegant [...]
One of my guilty pleasures is that I’m an avid watcher of the Fox TV show, "24". The plot typically emulates a James Fenimore Cooper novel, with a series of improbable multiple kidnappings and escapes, except that everything takes place over 24 hours. I read The Last of the Mohicans as a kid [...]