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Leon Kass's comments in this column are reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's prognostications about "the Conditioners" in his immortal essay "The Abolition of Man." Do we really want Generation N to pre-determine what Generation N+1 will be? What, then, becomes of human freedom? There are aspects of prenatal screening that seem wholly benign, such as testing for genetically based malformations and diseases. Yet for those of us who hold that human life begins with the embryo, these, too, embed a moral hazard. We all want perfectly healthy children...and bright children...and good-looking children...and some of us want our kids to have blue eyes or blond hair! Once the embryo has formed, should genetic surgery or nanotherapy fail to produce the desired configuration, what then? Abort the baby and try again? Where does the progression end, short of the "designer baby" who is exactly what his parents pre-determine him to be?
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Humbug Narratives

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Dec 18, 2014 6:57 AM
I would hope that that species of blindness is restricted to journalism's **left-liberal** audience. As that's pretty much the only demographic that remains loyal to the Main Stream Media, the correlation, at least, is strong.
This is only to be expected from the left-liberal Punditocracy. They aren't journalists in any objective sense; in Glenn Reynolds's words, they're "Democrat operatives with by-lines." They have their marching orders, and they won't deviate from them until the logical cost of their slander and contempt -- loss of a paying audience -- becomes too painful to bear.
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Why Trump Should Run

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Dec 18, 2014 6:50 AM
If Trump has any major negatives, they would include his "regionalism." Yes, he has a national image. Nevertheless, he's powerfully identified with New York, just as Chris Christie is powerfully identified with New Jersey. It's unlikely that the GOP base will embrace a Northeasterner, given how weak-water Northeastern Republicans have tended to be.
The women-lying-about-rape issue is further compounded by law enforcement's weak record at closing cases. At this time, only about 19% of all criminal complaints are ever closed. If that figure applies to rape allegations specifically as well as in general, then the 81% of rape allegations never closed could **all** be false -- we have no way to know!
-- "“There are liars, damned liars and economists.” -- Say rather that there are liars, damned liars, and **government** economists -- and that's only if you're willing to bestow the title of "economist" on one whose concern with economics is purely superficial.
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Emanuel, Drooling Over Death

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Dec 01, 2014 8:04 AM
The Left is lousy with ghouls of that sort. Emanuel and Obama are merely more obvious about it than most. Consider how Leftist pundits and organizers tried to hem and haw their way around the horror of Kermit Gosnell, a virtual Poster Boy for partial-birth abortion.
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For What It's Worth

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Nov 24, 2014 5:14 AM
Compromise BECOMES a dirty word when it's applied to principles -- e.g., the principle that the law, including the Constitution, which is the Supreme Law, binds everyone equally. Compromise in politics is only acceptable when it's applied to the choice of means to a unanimously-agreed, morally and ethically sound end. Two parties may agree sincerely on a principle such as the Rule of Law, yet disagree, and usefully compromise, on the best means to attain it. If they disagree on principle -- in this case, one side maintaining that the law must be obeyed and enforced, while the other claims that it needn't be by certain persons or in certain cases -- compromise becomes an evil to be avoided.
"Whether it’s church liberals or political liberals, they have at least one thing in common—they often speak one way, but walk in the opposite direction." When you dare not speak of your true motives and all your policy prescriptions have been repeatedly demonstrated to be destructive, you can't afford to speak plainly or honestly. "I pray regularly for our leaders, including Mr. Obama." I pray that some day Americans will realize that they DON'T NEED OR WANT "LEADERS." But that day might be rather far off in the future.
"If you're a foreigner in this country without authorization, you may be a hardworking, upright and taxpaying person, but you live in daily terror of making a fatal misstep." So! It's wrong that lawbreakers should fear the consequences of breaking the law? Tell us all, Mr. Chapman: Which *other* laws would you apply that evaluation to?
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