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Hey Ladies, Try Some Self-Commodification!

From First Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, I boarded a New Jersey Transit train near my home to go to Newark airport. From my seat near the rear of the car, I saw a poster with a photograph of five pretty young women of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, all smiling and laughing. Above the photo the poster read, . . . . Continue Reading »

Mitch Daniels Can Count

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On college campuses, where I have spent most of my life, it is not that hard to gin up faculty outrage when administrators are credibly accused of assaults on “academic integrity.” Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and now president of Purdue University, has been so . . . . Continue Reading »

Final HHS Mandate, the Same Old Fraud

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While the Obama administration finds its own signature health care legislation so complicated to administer that it is now putting off implementation of the large-employer insurance mandate until 2015 (i.e., after the congressional midterm elections), it is forging ahead with its oppressive HHS . . . . Continue Reading »

Marriage and Justice Are Wounded, But Not Fatally

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You know that someone has bad news to relate when he begins by saying, “well, it could have been worse.” That is what the defenders of conjugal marriage are saying after the brace of Supreme Court rulings issued yesterday on challenges to that truth that is as old as the human race, that marriage is between a man and a woman. The net effect of the rulings is further damage to marriage, and to the power of the law to uphold the truth about it… . Continue Reading »

Cardinal Newman, Out of Context

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Responding to a recent piece by Anne Hendershott on the decision of Cardinal Sean O’Malley not to attend the commencement at Boston College because Irish prime minister (and abortion-rights advocate) Enda Kenny was selected for an honorary degree and address to the graduates, a letter-writer . . . . Continue Reading »