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Pope Francis in the Lion's Den

Pope Francis will be the first leader of the Catholic Church to address a joint session of Congress.  Take out the name “Francis”, and that sentence would be the subject of universal rejoicing among Catholics. Instead we get this: “[The Pope ought to] leave science to ...


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The Ragged Edge of the World
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Silent Partners
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From Ursula K. Le Guin's review in The New York Times Book Review "In his reporting of the vituperation, the increasing defensiveness of experimenters and the bad faith of some critics, the sensationalism and sentimentalism of much media coverage, Mr. Linden's candor and fair-mindedness contrastwonderfully with the prejudice and paranoia he describes. He does not pretend, however, to stand above the battle; his concern is ethical and urgent. . . . Kind, quiet and fair, Mr. Linden's book is not only a diagnosis of the cruelty and confusion it describes, but also an antidote. It is pleasant to hope that its success might be a sign of returning health." The New York Times chose Silent Partners as a notable book in 1986.

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Short Take

Why is it that the most gun-crazy states in the country are the most terrified of the prospect of taking in Syrian refugees? Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, all packed with citizens armed to the teeth, have governors scared witless by poor refugees who've been forced to flee by anarchy in their homelands. Didn't the NRA tell us that the only thing that stands between us and a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? Maybe we need a good guy with a tank?

Meanwhile, Connecticut (once memorably derided as a "pussy state" by the Daily Show's Samantha Bee), with relatively strict gun control laws, seems to think it can handle the widows, orphans, and the 2% of military-aged males who find themselves without a country and seeking asylum.

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