Thursday, August 12, 2004

CRUEL INTENTIONS
Jayson Stark has an article about the absurdity of Barry Bonds's intentional walks, and the problems with proposed rule changes to fix it.

I still haven't found any holes in my idea of allowing a batter to decline a walk, but then being able to advance two bases if the count accumulates 8 balls, three for 12, and all the way home for 16.

This (somewhat) solves the "92 pitch at-bat" argument against the decline, and I think it'd be interesting to see how far managers would go to pitch around someone like Bonds.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

HOW DOES IT HURT ME?
Eugene Volokh provides a possible answer to this popular argument.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Good article by Will Saletan on how supporters of embryonic stem cell research, while castigating their opponents as putting ideology over religion and claiming for themselves the title of supporters of truth, rely on lies and blind faith to make their case.

I think we Catholics should take all the energy we've been using to badger bishops to deny John Kerry communion, and channel it towards confronting these lies.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

"PROMISE" OF STEM CELLS
Reading this exchange, I can't help but wonder why, if embryonic stem cell research is such the slam-dunk sure fire cure for every disease under the sun like Ron Reagan and others say it is, it's dependent on federal funding. Seems like the private sector ought to be interested in funding a guaranteed cure for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's -- you'd think something like that could make some money.

Or could it be that embryonic stem cell research really isn't quite so promising, and those wanting to receive funding correctly determined that a story about pro-lifers preventing the cure of diseases would be eaten up by the media?

Monday, August 02, 2004

TO AMPLIFY ON BELOW
I wonder what the reaction would be if some corporate executive had used similar reasons to justify layoffs or sending jobs offshore -- "well if I kept those employees, I might have to move to Staten Island, and shop at Costco and but mayonaisse." If someone wrote that, and seemed proud of it, wouldn't we want to put controls in place to keep that from happening?

But, apparently, it's a good enough reason to stop two heartbeats.