Refugees of the Bosphorus


Istanbul, 1944: A Bloomingdale’s executive and a future Pope teamed with Jewish intelligence agents to save hundreds of Eastern European Jews.  http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2014/09/how_ira_hirschmann_and_the_future_pope_john_xxiii_ushered_jewish_refugees.html

Quote of the Century (so far)


Pope Francis to the Vatican Master of Ceremonies, when offered the scarlet, ermine-trimmed Papal cape before appearing to the public for the first time:

“No thank you, Monsignor. You put it on instead. Carnival time is over.”

0314-pope-francis-single-core-mission_full_600CSMonitor.com

Wilmington City Council Resolution Urges ‘Personhood’ For Sperm


“[E]ach ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian,” says the resolution.

via Wilmington City Council Passes Resolution Urging ‘Personhood’ Rights For Sperm.

Quote of the Day


Why is it that Republicans don’t want government involved when it comes to the economy (opposing the auto bailouts) but do want government involved when it comes to telling people how to live their lives?
~ Maureen Dowd
http://nytimes.com/article;jsessionid=14D84CDA1ECE440AE317E3964ACD8DEA.w6?a=915653&f=28&sub=Columnist

Why Should I Trust Power-Hungry Strangers To Make Choices For My Kids?


I’d give a lot to have written this, but the author did a better job than I would have.  Please read it, and pass it on via Twitter, Facebook and so forth if you agree.  If you don’t agree — at least please think about it a little.  Thanks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kieschnick/a-fathers-perspective-on_b_1291065.html

Pink Razors — Margaret and Helen


Helen Philpot is no doddering granma.  She knows what she thinks, and most of what she thinks is right on.  The Komen Kaper has her a bit miffed.  Read the excerpt, then go to the site.  And bookmark it.  You can’t get well-considered opinions from someone who’s lived as long as Helen just anywhere.  I mean it.  Really.

Planned Parenthood provides healthcare – pap smears, breast and pelvic exams, colposcopies, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and birth control for both women and men – most without access to any other health care services. About 97% of their services are for this basic healthcare. If you want to talk about abortion services then you should at least know the truth. Providing that service for women who are faced with that daunting decision accounts for less than 3% of what Planned Parenthood does nationally. Less than three percent. They also provide prenatal care, vasectomies and adoption referrals. One Planned Parenthood clinic does more in a day to prevent abortions than the entire Pro-Life movement does in a year. [Emphasis mine] We might not agree on abortion, but we should at least be able to agree that they should be safe, legal and rare.

http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/pink-razors/

 

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