The Granny Pod

From First Thoughts

The Rev. Kenneth Dupin, a Methodist minister in Salem, Virginia, might just revolutionize the way our country deals with its ever increasing elderly population. After an emotional encounter with a woman confined to a nursing home, Dupin decided to develop a novel, if not controversial, alternative . . . . Continue Reading »

The Abortion Doula

From First Thoughts

From Slate today : Like a birth doula, the abortion doula uses deep breathing and visualization while talking the patient through the procedure. “We are there before, during and after the abortion,” says Mahoney. “We hang out with them in the pre-op waiting room, accompany them to . . . . Continue Reading »

Cashing in on Earth Day

From First Thoughts

Forty years on, Earth Day in New York City no longer brings a million people to Central Park or shuts down Fifth Avenue. But it might bring in millions for corporations looking to cash in on a public that wants to feel good about its relationship with the planet: Forty years later, the day has . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: Not So Squishy

From First Thoughts

Yes, Joe , Anwar Al-Awlaki has committed treason, and treason is a crime punishable by death. As you note, the constitution is explicit in this regard. But in the chunk of Article 3, Section 3 that you cite, something else is also quite explicit: No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on . . . . Continue Reading »